NASA's New IXPE Mission

NASA has taken a step forward to enhance its reach in the space and studying the extremely strange phenomenon of the space, by announcing a special telescopic mission this week. As per the new announcement of NASA, the US-based space agency will launch an ultra-modern and extremely sophisticated spacecraft equipped with three special telescopes for studying extreme cosmological phenomena including the monstrous black holes, neutron stars, and pulsars. The new space mission of NASA is scheduled to blast off for the late of 2020. The mission was selected by the US-based agency from fourteen applications received under the Astrophysics Explorers Program.

The newly announced mission, titled as the ‘Imaging X-Ray Polarimetry Explorer’ (IXPE), will consent to the astronauts and scientists of NASA for measuring the division of X-rays scorching from gasses frenzied by the giant black holes and other strange cosmological objects like Neutron stars and Pulsars. The explorer mission will be outfitted with three polarization-sensitive telescopes with extremely powerful and high-definition onboard cameras designed and developed by the Italian Space Agency. The data collected and transmitted by the onboard polarization-sensitive telescopes will give scientists a better and clear understanding of mysterious objects of the space.

Giving some glimpse of the mission, Paul Hertz, the director of NASA’s astrophysics sect in Washington, said in a statement, “Though we can’t directly represent the regular activities of the nearby astrophysical objects like black holes and neutron stars, but with the new telescopes, we can monitor and study the divergence of X-rays discharged from their neighboring environments. The study will help us revealing the basic physics of these mysterious planetary objects. The mission IXPE will facilitate the astronomers with new opportunities to explore the hidden secrets of the universe and will help them to peer through the yet-to-be-discovered facts about the mysterious stellar elements like Black Holes, Neutron Stars, and Pulsars.”

The IXPE mission, chosen by Astrophysics Explorers program of NASA will be led by Martin Weisskopf, the chief researcher of Marshall Space Flight Center of NASA, located in Huntsville, Alabama. NASA already has some notable cosmological X-ray telescopes, like the Chandra X-Ray Observatory and the new mission will add more magnificence to its space exploration track record.