## Wednesday, 20 July 2011

### New Radio Space Telescope in Orbit

The Construction of RadioAstron in Russia

The Russian Federal space agency has launched a new radio space telescope, RadioAstron, which will combine signals with ground-based telescopes to provide "incredibly high resolution - as if taken by a telescope with a dish as wide as the maximum distance between the antennas - from the Earth to the Moon".
The launch of the telescope on a Zenith-3M Rocket
It is expected to be operational in a few months, and will aim to confirm the existence of a black hole in one of our neighbouring galaxies and hopefully obtain "detailed data about pulsars, interstellar plasma and neutron stars in the Milky Way"