The German telescope installed at the Russian-German observatory “Spektr-RG” was turned off, Dmitry Rogozin, head of the state corporation “Roscosmos” said.

“Our German partners have been instructed to turn off the telescope, which they themselves control,” he said.

The Spectr-RG Observatory was launched into space in July 2019. The observatory, built at Lavochkin’s NGO, includes two telescopes: eROSITA, created by the Institute of Extraterrestrial Physics of the Max Planck Society (Germany), and ART-XC, developed by the Space Research Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences and manufactured in cooperation with the All-Russian Research Institute of Experimental Physics in Sarov and the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville (Alabama).

German technical specialists are very worried about this, but they can’t do anything, Rogozin added.

“They are already shooting themselves I don’t know where there, they are already shooting themselves in the chest. It’s very dangerous when they start swinging a club where you can’t even swing an empty hand,” he concluded.

The goal of Spectr-RG is to make a map of the universe for four years by photographing the entire sky in high resolution in the X-ray range. In total, it is planned to build eight maps, each will take six months. The most accurate map, which will combine eight reviews, was planned for completion and publication around 2025.