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Russia loses communication with only orbiting space telescope

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Specialists from Russia's space agency are attempting to fix issues that have blocked control of the country's only orbiting radio telescope, Spektr-R.

Astro Space Centre chief Nikolai Kardashev said Spektr-R is still transmitting scientific data but it has not responded to commands from earth since Friday according to the RIA Novosti news agency.

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The telescope was launched in 2011 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan to perform research on the structure and dynamics of radio sources within and beyond our galaxy.

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Spektr-R has been operational far beyond its expected five-year lifespan.

An official from Russian space agency Roscosmos, Alexander Bloshenko, said Saturday that another attempt to establish control of the satellite will take place on Sunday.

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