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New mission from NASA has been launched to explore universe

 New mission from NASA has been launched to explore the universe.

NASA launches new missile for exploring universe's most dramatic object
IXPE has three state-of-the-art space telescopes with special polarization-sensitive detectors.


NASA's Imaging X-ray Polarimetry Explorer (IXPE) mission launched Thursday at 1 a.m. EST on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

A joint effort with the Italian Space Agency, the IXPE observatory is NASA's first mission dedicated to measuring the polarization of X-rays from the most extreme and mysterious objects in the universe – supernova remnants, supermassive black holes, and dozens of other high-energy objects.

"IXPE represents another extraordinary first," said Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator for the Science Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters in Washington.

He continued, “Together with our partners in Italy and around the world, we have added a new space observatory to our fleet that will shape our understanding of the universe for years to come. Each NASA spacecraft is designed to target brand new observations. are carefully chosen to enable new science, and IXPE is going to show us the violent universe around us, like exploding stars and black holes at the center of galaxies, in a way we've never seen it before. "

The rocket performed as expected, with the spacecraft detaching and the flight took 33 minutes. About a minute later, the spacecraft unfurled its solar arrays. IXPE entered its orbit around Earth's equator at an altitude of about 372 miles (600 kilometers). About 40 minutes after launch, mission operators received the first spacecraft telemetry data.

"It's an indescribable feeling to see something you've worked on for decades, real and launch into space," said Martin Weisskopf, IXPE principal investigator at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. Weisskopf came up with the idea for the spacecraft and has conducted fundamental experiments in X-ray astronomy since the 1970s. He continued, "This is just the beginning for IXPE. We have a lot of work ahead. But tonight, we celebrate!"

IXPE has three state-of-the-art space telescopes with special polarization-sensitive detectors. Polarization is a property of light that gives clues to the environment from which light originates. The new mission builds on and complements the scientific discoveries of other telescopes, including the Chandra X-ray Observatory, NASA's flagship X-ray telescope. The first lighting operations are scheduled to begin in January.

NASA manages the IXPE mission as a project of NASA's Explorers Program for the Marshall Agency's Science Mission Directorate. IXPE is an international collaboration between NASA, the Italian Space Agency, as well as partners and providers in 12 other countries. Marshall built three X-ray telescopes. The Italian Space Agency contributed to IXPE's polarization detectors.

Ball Aerospace in Broomfield, Colorado, provided the spacecraft and manages spacecraft operations at the University of Colorado Boulder's Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics. NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, manages the Explorers program.





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