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Japan loses track of $273 mn black hole satellite

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posted on Mar, 28 2016 @ 08:44 AM
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Tokyo (AFP) - Dozens of space scientists are desperately scouring the skies after losing track of a quarter-of-a-billion-dollar Japanese satellite that was sent to study black holes. The ultra-high-tech "Hitomi" -- or eye -- satellite was supposed to be busy communicating from orbit by now, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) said, but no one can say exactly where it is.


news.yahoo.com...

en.wikipedia.org...( Hitomi )

science.nasa.gov... ( Hitomi )



Interesting Black hole articles .

Are black holes the source of dark matter ?
www.dailygalaxy.com...

Phantom Black holes ?
www.dailygalaxy.com...



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posted on Mar, 28 2016 @ 08:55 AM
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"We said find them, not enter them!"



posted on Mar, 28 2016 @ 08:59 AM
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a reply to: skywatcher44

Probably a circuit malfunction. The Sun is something to watch out for if you're a circuit board in space.

I doubt it fell into a black hole. I doubt there's any black holes around Earth strong enough to engulf a whole satellite. Not because you're an unicorn hunter means that you'll necessarily get impaled by an unicorn. (Not saying black holes are unicorns, just making a logical analogy).

I hope they find it, S&F for sharing!


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posted on Mar, 28 2016 @ 08:59 AM
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a reply to: angryhulk

Nice. look at the comments on the yahoo link for a chuckle..



posted on Mar, 28 2016 @ 09:10 AM
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a reply to: skywatcher44

*toilet flushes

yikes



posted on Mar, 28 2016 @ 09:15 AM
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a reply to: skywatcher44

The scope for jokes with this story are infinite. Thanks for the story!




posted on Mar, 28 2016 @ 09:42 AM
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originally posted by: Jonjonj
a reply to: skywatcher44

The scope for jokes with this story are infinite. Thanks for the story!



Kind of like the density of the singularity in the black hole.
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posted on Mar, 28 2016 @ 12:01 PM
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That's a shame. I imagine they are fairly disappointed. Hope for the best, prepare for the worst.

-Alee



posted on Mar, 28 2016 @ 01:17 PM
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originally posted by: swanne
a reply to: skywatcher44

Probably a circuit malfunction. The Sun is something to watch out for if you're a circuit board in space.

I doubt it fell into a black hole. I doubt there's any black holes around Earth strong enough to engulf a whole satellite. Not because you're an unicorn hunter means that you'll necessarily get impaled by an unicorn. (Not saying black holes are unicorns, just making a logical analogy).

I hope they find it, S&F for sharing!



Well.... Blacks holes arent unicorns..... Unicorns are black holes..... Its true because Chaaaarlie said so



posted on Mar, 28 2016 @ 06:27 PM
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That's next years insurance premiums f**ked



posted on Mar, 29 2016 @ 02:51 AM
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Seems like they found it, but it's not good news:

phenomena.nationalgeographic.com...




A new video shows Japan’s troubled Hitomi spacecraft tumbling in orbit. As the satellite crosses the screen (from right to left), it varies wildly in brightness—which means it’s shooting unstably through space



posted on Mar, 29 2016 @ 10:09 AM
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a reply to: OneBigMonkeyToo

Russian news site told that it actually exploded.



posted on Mar, 29 2016 @ 10:52 AM
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If I was in charge of the space agency I would not spend my tax subsidy on theoretical research only such as black hole research. What we need is money spend on practical research such as how to colonize and terraform planets and how to improve human travel through space. Once we got Mars colonized we will have all the time of the World(s) to study the Universe. Priorities
Although I must admit I cannot say what the practical implications of blackhole research are, maybe my ignorance on the subject will make me look like a fool. If that is the case, forgive me.



posted on Mar, 29 2016 @ 11:01 AM
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a reply to: JohnSmith77

Prioritising expenditure is difficult, but Japan doesn't only spend its money on this kind of thing - its lunar probe providing stunning imagery and large amounts of data. It also wasn't just looking at black holes, that's just the thing that the popular science media have latched on to.

If you want theoretical stuff to become factual knowledge, then you have to investigate it. Only by investing in the correct tools can you investigate it properly. Who knows what knowledge you may reveal and how useful it could be?



posted on Mar, 31 2016 @ 06:08 AM
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What a disappointment... I'da thought they would of mapped a trajectory to avoid any collisions for the satellite, I suppose they can't know about everything floating around out there.


"Because the orbit of Hitomi is quite stable it is relatively easy to track. In fact, if the sky clears up I will be attempting additional video beginning tonight," Maley told Space.com in an email today, adding that he will be watching for any changes in its rotation. "So far, it remains unchanged at a bit over 10 seconds between major flashes. These peak flashes can reach + 3 magnitude (or slightly dimmer than the North Star) but are brief. Between these major flashes there are minor ones but the satellite is also invisible during each major flash cycle as well. My video does reveal that." - See more at: www.space.com...

Hitomi Satelite

This satellite was impressive and has a wonderful story/legend behind its four xrays.


In a short press release JAXA says that there is an ancient legend that inspires the name Hitomi. “One day, many years ago, a painter was drawing four white dragons on a street. He finished drawing the dragons, but without “Hitomi”. People who looked at the painting said “why don’t you paint Hitomi, it is not complete! The painter hesitated, but people pressured him. The painter then drew Hitomi on two of the four dragons. Immediately, these dragons came to life and flew up into the sky. The two dragons without Hitomi remained still. (Put Hitomi of Dragon in the drawing).”

JAXA says that the inspiration of this story is that Hitomi is regarded as the “One last, but most important part”, and so it wishes ASTRO-H to be the essential mission to solve mysteries of the universe in X-rays. Hitomi refers to the aperture of the eye, the part where incoming light is absorbed.

“From this, Hitomi reminds us of a black hole. We will observe Hitomi in the Universe using the Hitomi satellite!” JAXA notes.

Hitomi Legend



leolady



posted on Mar, 31 2016 @ 10:00 AM
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originally posted by: JohnSmith77
If I was in charge of the space agency I would not spend my tax subsidy on theoretical research only such as black hole research. What we need is money spend on practical research such as how to colonize and terraform planets and how to improve human travel through space. Once we got Mars colonized we will have all the time of the World(s) to study the Universe. Priorities
Although I must admit I cannot say what the practical implications of blackhole research are, maybe my ignorance on the subject will make me look like a fool. If that is the case, forgive me.


There are no direct practical applications. But the knowledge we would have gained about the workings of our universe..well who knows what might have come out if it.

As it stands, our terraforming needs equal our black hole needs in my opinion. As in, we don't NEED either any time soon. And black holes are a heck of a lot more interesting than terraforming. Let the guys lower down on the science food chain (geologists) worry about that.

Joke



posted on Mar, 31 2016 @ 10:05 AM
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Anyone know about where I can find out if it will be blinking above london anytime soon?

Heavens above don't have it listed.



posted on Mar, 31 2016 @ 01:27 PM
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originally posted by: wildespace
a reply to: OneBigMonkeyToo

Russian news site told that it actually exploded.


That would likely happen if anyone tried to put a conventional, visible light telescope in space too.



posted on Mar, 31 2016 @ 01:37 PM
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originally posted by: GaryN

originally posted by: wildespace
a reply to: OneBigMonkeyToo

Russian news site told that it actually exploded.


That would likely happen if anyone tried to put a conventional, visible light telescope in space too.



Really? You never said anything about visible light telescopes exploding in your other opus of a thread. Where do you come up with this rubbish?

I would ask you about Hubble but...i don't think I can bear to hear the answer.




posted on Apr, 28 2016 @ 06:52 PM
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Update.


Japan is abandoning a quarter-of-a-billion-dollar satellite it sent to study black holes, disappointed space scientists said Thursday, after spending a month trying to save it.
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"We concluded that the satellite is in a state in which its functions are not expected to recover," Saku Tsuneta, director general of JAXA's Institute of Space and Astronautical Science, told reporters.

"I deeply apologise for abandoning operation" of the satellite, he said.

Source: phys.org, April 28, 2016 - Japan gives up on failed black hole research satellite

Shame. They think a solar panels ha something to do with it. $270 million down the tubes.



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