The Imaging X-ray Polarimetry Explorer (IXPE) is a space science mission that uses an orbiting x-ray observatory to expand the information space for study of cosmic x-ray sources. By adding polarization data to temporal, spectral, and imaging data, IXPE observations provide unique information on astrophysical magnetic fields or on scattering, which temporal and spectral data alone cannot. During its baseline two-year mission, IXPE will make scientifically meaningful measurements of the x-ray polarization of several dozens of cosmic sources—including various types of neutron stars, blackhole systems, active galactic nuclei, and supernova remnants. Led by Principal Investigator (PI) Martin C. Weisskopf, from NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC), IXPE is a partnership between NASA and the Italian space agency, Agenzia Spaziale Italiana (ASI).
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