Launched on July 18th, the new Russian space telescope, Spektre R, viewing in the radio range of the spectrum, is a powerful demonstration of Russia's future orientation, and why humanity's future lies in the 3-powers alliance of Russia, China, and the USA, as Lyndon LaRouche is emphasizing.
Russia, especially now with the Putin-Medvedev alliance for Putin's presidential campaign, is clearly oriented to push forward into the frontiers, both on Earth and in space.
The new space telescope will open up an entire new era in astronomy, as this is not just the largest radio telescope in space, but it will be integrated with a global network of radio telescopes on Earth, meaning that the network will function as if it were a single “dish” as large as the farthest orbital distance of the Spektre R from the Earth: that is 60 times the Earth's radius! This gives the combined network, known as RadioAstron, a viewing resolution of 7 microarcseconds, 1000 times better than Hubble!
This short Russia Beyond the Headlines article,"Russian Space Science Blooms Again" , includes all the basics, so I won't rewrite it.
Also here is a 2 minute news clip, "Russia Launches Giant Eye in the Sky."
Another article from Spaceflight Now ("Russian Satellite on Mission to Peer Inside Black Holes") mentions some of the areas that will be studied, including the galaxy M87 (a very strong radio source, and supposedly containing a supermassive blackhole), pulsars, star formation, interstellar plasma, etc.
It's not a surprise that the standard bad assumptions tainting cosmology creep in here and there, such as plans for how Spektre R will be used to “study” “dark energy” (the presentation by David Russell at the 2011 NPA conference, “Redshift Deviations in Normal Spiral Galaxies,” is a useful introduction to one of the most blatant problems in standard cosmology, the intrinsic redshift paradox, which alone calls the entire dark energy claim into serious question).
What is guaranteed is that the Spektre R will give us many new breakthroughs, and will very likely provide a lot more trouble for those clinging to the delusion of an entropic universe governed by the second law of thermodynamics.
But lets take this as another reality check. If we in the USA wish to save our space program we have to dump Obama. Only then will we be able to end this insanity of budget cuts and austerity by reimplementing Glass-Steagall and launching a NAWAPA-driven credit policy. That is the only way we can guarantee the completion of our own intended contribution to further extending mankind's sensorium: the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST). Though presently threatened by the economic crisis, the JWST would expand the mind of man with another very powerful space telescope. The JWST is supposed to be the successor to Hubble, with a primary mirror 6 times larger than Hubble's, and is designed to focus on the infrared region of the spectrum, which opens up a whole new range of studies, from distant galaxies, to the formation and composition of other stars and planetary systems, and even to the weather... on Neptune (among other planets). This will give our weatherman more to do!
Spektre R specializing in radio, James Webb specializing in infrared, both with incredible viewing resolution, Kepler would be pleased!
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