Measuring the cosmos to learn about space extreme environments
The Imaging X-ray Polarimetry Explorer (IXPE) mission is flying three space telescopes with cameras capable of measuring the polarization of the cosmic X-rays from black holes, neutron stars, and pulsars. This will allow scientists to answer fundamental questions about turbulent and extreme space environments where gravitational, electric, and magnetic fields are at their limits.
Launch Date: December 9, 2021
Prime Mission: 2 years
Lead Institution: NASA Marshall Space Flight Center
Partners: Ball Aerospace and Technologies Corporation, Italian Space Agency, McGill University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Roma Tre University, Stanford University, OHB Italia