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This Is the Last Thing Japan's Lost Black Hole Satellite Saw Before It Died

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This Is the Last Thing Japan's Lost Black Hole Satellite Saw Before It Died

Earlier this year, Japan launched a groundbreaking black-hole-monitoring satellite—only to lose control of it almost immediately under strange circumstances. Now, we finally can see what Hitomi did right before it died. When JAXA launched Hitomi in February of this year, scientists were giddy over the possibilities of what the black hole monitoring satellite might tell us about the mysteries of the universe. It was only up there a month when something went wrong. A series of unfortunate events caused by both human errors and software flaws sent the satellite spinning out of control. Despite attempts to regain control, Hitomi continued...

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