Exploring the extreme cosmos:  Meet the IXPE observatory

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Exploring the extreme cosmos:  Meet the IXPE observatory

A panel of IXPE program leaders from LASP and Ball Aerospace

November 30, 2022
7:30 PM MT/MST

Space is filled with extreme, exotic astronomical objects like active galactic nuclei, supermassive black holes, and tremendously magnetic neutron stars called magnetars…all of which are light-years from Earth, hard to see, and even harder to study.

Almost one year since launch, the Imaging X-Ray Polarimetry Explorer (IXPE) is the first space mission dedicated to observing polarized X-rays from these amazing objects. The mission enables a new and unique way to evaluate the geometry of extreme magnetic fields by measuring the polarization angle and degree of the X-rays emitted from the regions near these objects. Hear from Ball Aerospace engineers who helped design, build, and test IXPE, and from LASP operation managers responsible for day-to-day operations of the spacecraft and instruments. They will share the journey of NASA’s newest Explorer mission from concept to launch as well as discuss IXPE’s student-run operations.

Speakers

MacKenzie Ferrie: Ball Aerospace, deputy director of programs and IXPE program manager
William Deininger: Ball Aerospace, technical fellow, system engineering; Ball chief engineer for IXPE
Darren Osborne: LASP, IXPE flight director
Kacie Davis: LASP, IXPE flight controller

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