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U.S. military observations have detected debris near the Japanese X-ray telescope Hitomi that has failed to respond to communication signals.
The U.S. Joint Space Operations Center on Sunday said it has spotted five objects floating near Japan’s brand new Hitomi X-ray astronomy satellite that lost communication with Earth the previous day. In a Twitter post, the center, which tracks objects in orbit, said it identified five pieces of “break up” debris in the vicinity of the satellite.
None of this sounds encouraging.