Hitomi in space

Space Missions

Possible Replacement for Hitomi

JAXA and NASA are looking at the possibility of replacing the dead Hitomi X-ray observatory, with a potential launch around 2020.

Hitomi in space

Space Missions

Recovery Attempts End for Hitomi X-ray Satellite

The Japanese space agency JAXA has released a timeline covering the Hitomi space observatory's failure last month. Salvage efforts continue but recovery appears unlikely.

Astro-H/Hitomi

Astronomy in Space with David Dickinson

Malfunction Cripples Hitomi X-ray Observatory

Ground controllers are scrambling to recover the Hitomi satellite from a mysterious 'debris anomaly' over the past weekend.

Astro-H Launch

Professional Telescopes

New X-ray Observatory Takes to the Skies

Japan’s newest X-ray satellite, Hitomi (formerly Astro-H), promises to reveal the hot and hidden universe.