Yesterday, July 8, it became known that NASA signed another contract with a private company SpaceX, to launch an Imaging X-ray Polarimetry Explorer (IXPE).
This spacecraft should help in the study of polarized light, which comes from neutron stars and pulsar wind nebulae, as well to watch supermassive black holes better.
“SpaceX is honored that NASA continues to place its trust in our proven launch vehicles to deliver important science payloads to orbit,” – SpaceX president and COO Gwynne Shotwell said.
Due to this mission, scientists will finally be able to study magnetars (a specific type of neutron stars with the most powerful magnetic fields) better.
The flight-proven Falcon 9 was chosen to launch this mission. The total value of the contract is about $50.3 million. The launch is planned for April 2021 and is scheduled to take place at the Kennedy Space Center, Florida.
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