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First Image from IXPE Mission

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·       X-ray image of Cassiopeia A: NASA/CXC/SAO/IXPE

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Text, News from the Universe
 
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.
 
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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