SpaceX contracted by NASA to launch black hole and neutron star research craft

TechCrunch | 7/8/2019 | Staff
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SpaceX has been awarded a new contract by NASA to launch the agency’s Imaging X-ray Polarimetry Explorer, or IXPE. This research spacecraft will study polarized light from sources including neutron stars, pulsar wind nebulae and supermassive black holes, and provide much more imaging than existing space-based observation resources.

The mission will help scientists in the study of magnetars (a specific type of neutron star with especially powerful magnetic fields), black holes and ‘Pulsar Wind Nebulae,’ which are nebula that are found within the remains of supernova.

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SpaceX will launch this IXPE mission aboard a flight-proven Falcon 9, and the total cost for the contract is around $50.3 million. The...
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