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NASA’S IXPE MISSION TO BE LAUNCHED

NASA’S IXPE MISSION TO BE LAUNCHED

Context:

The Imaging X-ray Polarimetry Explorer (IXPE) mission is scheduled to launch on December 9 on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. It will be launched from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

About IXPE:

  • The Imaging X-Ray Polarimetry Explorer is known as IXPE. It is a NASA Space Observatory developed by the Small Explorer Program of NASA.
  • It maps the magnetic fields of pulsars, magnetars, quasars, black holes, supernoval remnants, active nuclear galactic nuclei, and neutron stars.

About IXPE Mission:

  • It has three identical telescopes that measure cosmic X – Rays polarization.
  • It studies exotic astronomical objects.
  • It is the first satellite mission to measure the polarization of X – Rays from different cosmic sources.
  • 188 million USD is the cost of the mission.

Aim of the Mission:

  • The mission's goal is to get through the high-energy astrophysical processes and their sources. This supports the first science goal of NASA, which is, How the Universe works?

Science objectives of IXPE Mission:

  • To find the radiation processes of specific cosmic X-ray sources.
  • To go through the general relativistic and quantum effects in extreme environments.

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