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February 18, 2022. First image from I X P E mission
NASA's Imaging X-Ray Polarimetry Explorer (I X P E), which launched December 9, 2021, has delivered its first imaging data.
I X P E followed the path set by NASA Chandra X-ray Observatory of first looking at the extraordinary supernova remnant Cassiopeia A.
Magenta corresponds to the intensity of X-ray light observed by I X P E.
Higher-energy X-ray data observed by Chandra is shown in blue.
Astronomers look forward to new understanding of the X-ray universe with I X P E's unique polarization data.
This news was brought to you in part by NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama