SpaceX Falcon 9 launched NASA IXPE telescope into space (video)

NASA in partnership with SpaceXlaunched a research project Imaging X-ray Polarimetry Explorer (IXPE), designed to study the most exciting space objects in the Universe - black holes. The IXPE Space Observatory was launched into space by the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, launched on Thursday, December 9, 2021 from the NASA Space Center. Kennedy in Florida. The first stage of Falcon 9 returned to Earth and successfully landed on the floating platform "Just Read the Instructions" off the coast of Florida.

In the creation of a space telescope, IXPE tookparticipation of the Italian Space Agency (developed the IXPE polarization detectors). Project IXPE becomes NASA's first mission to measure the polarization of X-rays from the most extreme and unexplored objects in the universe - supernova remnants, supermassive black holes and dozens of other high-energy objects.

IXPE entered Earth orbit at an altitude of about 600kilometers. About 40 minutes after launch, mission operators received the first telemetry data from the spacecraft. The IXPE Space Observatory is equipped with three state-of-the-art telescopes with special polarization-sensitive detectors.

Separation confirmed! #IXPE is flying free from its @SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket as it spreads its solar panels and looks to communicate with Earth.

- NASA (@NASA) December 9, 2021
IXPE equipment is more sensitiveequipment than a similar X-ray polarimeter located at the OSO-8 observatory. Using the capabilities of IXPE, scientists will be able to obtain data on the dimensions of the galactic nuclei and study the mechanism of radiation from microquasars.

One of the unique abilities of the newThe observatory will study magnetrons - one of the types of isolated neutron stars with the most powerful magnetic field among all studied space objects. The result of the mission will be to obtain information on the parameters of the field of magnetrons and to study the mechanism of the formation of super-powerful fields of black holes.