NASA unveils first image from newly launched satellite — Analysis

NASA, the US space agency has published its first image taken by its Imaging X-ray Polarimetry Explorer. (IXPE) was launched December 2012 to discover more black holes.

NASA received the stunning image from the satellite, which was revealed by NASA on Monday. It shows the remnants of supernova Cassiopeia A. This is located some 11,000 light-years away from Earth. It is composed of leftovers from an exploding star in the 17th Century.

IXPE was overlaid on one previously taken by NASA’s Chandra X-Ray Observatory, providing “never-before-seen information about Cassiopeia A,”NASA scientists. “The IXPE image of Cassiopeia A is as historic as the Chandra image of the same supernova remnant,” Martin C. Weisskopf, the IXPE principal investigator based at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, said of the new release.

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Scientists will be able to use the satellite’s data for their research. “for the first time how the amount of polarization varies across the supernova remnant,”NASA announced that the NASA research team was able to produce the first-ever X ray polarization maps of the object.

IXPE, a joint collaboration between NASA, the Italian Space Agency and scientists from more than a dozen other countries, is currently orbiting the planet around 600 km (370 miles), above the Equator.

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