NASA to solve black hole mysteries with IXPE mission

The NASA will cover the upcoming pre-launch and launch activities of the IXPE mission (Imaging X-ray Polarimetry Explorer). It is the first satellite measuring the x-ray polarization from various cosmic sources. This includes black holes and neutron stars.

The IXPE should be launched no earlier than Thursday, December 9 at 1 a.m. (EST) aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. The event will take place at Launch Complex 39A of Kennedy Space Center from NASA, Florida.

The IXPE: an instrument for measuring the polarization of X-rays

The live coverage of the launch will start at 12:30 p.m. (EST) on NASA Television, on the NASA app and on its website.

The IXPE spacecraft includes 3 space telescopes, equipped with detectors to measure the polarization of cosmic X-rays. Scientists will thus be able to answer fundamental questions about the extremely complex environments of space where gravitational, electric and magnetic fields are at their limit. The project is a collaboration between NASA and theItalian space agency.

The media participation press conferences will be held remotely, unless otherwise specified. For the protection of employees and journalists against Covid-19, the facilities at the Kennedy press site will be open to a limited number of journalists. First come, first served !

A grandiose satellite launch broadcast around the world

Full mission coverage is as follows (EST):

  • Tuesday December 7
    • 1:00 p.m. – IXPE payload briefing;
    • 5.30 p.m. – Preliminary press conference before the launch of the IXPE.
  • Wednesday December 8
    • 11:30 a.m. – Presentation of the IXPE launch show by NASA.
  • Thursday December 9
    • 12:30 p.m. – Live NASA TV coverage of the launch begins.

Press conferences and launch coverage will be broadcast audio only on the “V” circuits from NASA. They will be accessible by dialing 321-867-1220, -1240, -1260 or -7135. On launch day, the “audio mission” will air on 321-867-7135. These are countdown activities, devoid of NASA TV commentary. a “Clean thread” NASA TV’s unannounced launch will air on the NASA TV media channel.

The scientific community is certainly impatient with the progress that the IXPE will bring. Clearly, NASA continues to innovate with its many projects. The latest, “Tree of life” is also showing great promise.

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