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NASA released the first picture from its new X-ray mission

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  • NASA has started this campaign in collaboration with the Italian space agency IXPE.
  • NASA says all of its instruments at the observatory are working fine
  • The Imaging X-ray Polarimetry Explorer IXPE was launched on 9 December aboard a Falcon-9 rocket.

The US space agency NASA has released the first image obtained under its new X-ray mission. Actually, NASA has started this campaign in collaboration with the Italian space agency IXPE. Under this, the Imaging X-ray Polarimetry Explorer IXPE was launched on 9 December last year by a Falcon-9 rocket.

It is the first space observatory to study the X-ray polarization of stars and black holes after an explosion. The way X-ray light is oriented in space is called polarization.

NASA says that all of its instruments at the observatory are working fine. IXPE first focused its X-ray eye on Cassiopeia A. Cassiopeia A contains the debris of an exploded star in the 17th century.

NASA said that the waves produced by this explosion removed the surrounding gas and heated it to the highest temperature. It also created a cloud of cosmic ray particles that glows in X-ray light. 

Cassiopeia A has also been studied with other telescopes, but IXPE will support researchers to investigate it in a new way.

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