Listen: How Russia's X-Ray Telescope Is Keeping Its Space Program Alive
"And finally owned today's briefing, they was a time well within living memory when the whole world looked up metaphorically and literally at Russia's space program. The Soviet Union put the first craft first dog. I man, and I mean in space among other pioneering accomplishments. Recent decades have been less spectacular. The most recent Russian space related enterprise to make the news was as Siberian startups launch into the stratosphere of a model of a lava convertible, carrying a dummy of Dmitry Rogozin, head of Russia's roscosmos space agency, Russia's space research institute hopes for better luck later this month with specter g an x Ray satellite G for launch from Kazakstan joined with more on this by Dr David Whitehouse, a space, scientists and author David, first of all to this new project briefly. What he's spectra G and, and what will it do? It's. The most important space science mission for for Russia. For decades, it's been a long time in the planning. It's an as you said, an x Ray satellite. So it looks at the universe with xrays, and we all know that bodies, look different when we go to hospital and have an x Ray, it picks out different aspects of our body. So does an x Ray telescope in space? It finds the hot and violent parts of the universe, where gaseous heated up to millions of degrees being sucked into black holes being pumped with energy as galaxies collide. So this is a very important mission jointly with the Germans in order to for the first time survey, the whole sky, and pick out these hot, bright violent parts, because it's never been done before. And having your whole sky, map them can tell him some important things about the the universe. And cosmology, as you correctly, point out this thing has been in the works for a long time. The spec. Garage or something of the sort was first proposed thirty years ago or thereabouts what, what has been the hold up? The problem has been the post Soviet Union decline in the Soviet space effort. The fact that money started running out people started moving to better paid jobs, which were actually quite menial jobs, but they were much better pay them being a space scientist. And Russia has had to learn to cooperate more with, with such missions because they haven't gotten many to do them themselves, and you're quite right. This was first proposed why what over thirty years ago and then it was revised in the ninety s it was then proposed again in two thousand and two dragged on a sort of low level project that nobody had any effort to effort to money to work on, but a few years ago, they got their act together in Germany came on board. And it's, it's an impressive set of spec, specification, this satellite its world class. And as you say the they have a lot of hopes that it will bring them back to the fore, again. But why has the Russian space program being allowed to lapse into this state of dilapidation does Russia, not regarded as a, a source and mechanism of, of national pride in the way that the Soviet Union did?"