Suzaku Mission Declared Complete
JAXA has announced that it is abandoning its heroic effort to recover Suzaku from the malfunction it experienced in early June, and declaring the mission complete. A brief press release can be found at this JAXA page.
With nearly 10 years of operations (compared with a nominal 2-year lifetime), Suzaku was the longest-lived Japanese X-ray observatory. With its broad observing band (0.2 - 600 keV) and its unsurpassed sensitivity for low surface brightness, Suzaku provided revolutionary measurements including the first quintessential measurements of supermassive black hole spin and the temperature and density profiles of clusters of galaxies out to and beyond their virial radius.
US Suzaku Project Scientist
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