The IXPE mission "unpacked" into space, beginning its mission. See here

Credit: NASA - logo IXPE
Credit: NASA - logo IXPE

News! Polarimetry Explorer (IXPE) X-ray imaging has successfully launched its boom in space and has begun its long-awaited mission. This happened on December 15, 2021, and now NASA has confirmed this. So now IXPE will see with X-rays, thanks to this "unpacking" of his. This is almost a week after its launch on December 9, 2021. 

The mission will study energetic and mysterious places throughout the universe using mostly X-rays and will provide a different perspective on the places or things observed. According to NASA, through this "unpacking", IXPE unpacked: the 3 telescopes it has, these being identical, and each of them has a mirror assembly and a detector sensitive to polarization. IXPE also has plenty of other modern tools to help you explore the entire universe. You can read more about IXPE here (from our old article):

IXPE is a mission of NASA and the Italian Space Agency, announced since January 3, 2017. NASA and the Italian Space Agency have made various advances since then to make this mission a total success. NASA also announced that the mission will last approx. 2 years. The mission will take off with the help of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from the SpaceX company owned by Elon Musk. And in connection with the launch, it will take place at Space Launch Complex 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. 

Most of the things this mission will do are based on X-rays used a lot in this study. The mission will determine the geometry and emission mechanism of active galactic nuclei and microquasars. It will also try to find the configuration of the magnetic field and its size on different planets. The mission led by NASA and the Italian space agency will make (according to NASA) an amazing discovery: it will try to find the mechanism of producing X-rays in pulsations of celestial objects. It will provide many other data from space and will do many experiments in space. In short, this mission will be able to do things that probably no one and nothing could do. If IXPE will be able to do all of the above and do as many experiments as possible (and succeed), it will take an important step in the next discoveries in space. In addition, IXPE will be one of the largest missions of the Italian space agency. The entire IXPE telescope is 1.1 m in diameter and approx. 5.5 m.


Why was IXPE "unpacked" only in space? 

The answer is simple: IXPE could not fit in a rocket. NASA had to find a soul to launch it, so it began to make an origami, after hundreds, and wrapped it in such a way that it measured only 12 inches (0.3 meters). That's how it fit in the rocket that launched it, and now, in space, it has "unpacked". "For those of us in the space game, moving parts are always frightening," said Martin Weisskopf, IXPE's principal investigator at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center. "Right now, I'm smiling from ear to ear." . 

Now, the only thing NASA will do is try to get the three telescopes that are now in each position up and running. After putting them on, IXPE will begin its first scientific mission. 

We wish success to all those who worked for the mission and to all those who are still working for this mission, to make it an excellent mission! 

Article by: Andacs Robert Eugen, on 17 December 2021, at 11:05 am Los Angeles time

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