The Columbus Dispatch

NASA’S newest X-ray telescope rockets into orbit


CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – NASA’S newest X-ray observator­y rocketed into orbit Thursday to shed light on exploded stars, black holes and other violent high-energy events unfolding in the universe.

Spacex launched the spacecraft on its $188 million mission from Kennedy Space Center. It’s called IXPE, short for Imaging X-ray Polarizati­on Explorer.

Scientists said the observator­y – actually three telescopes in one – will unveil the most dramatic and extreme parts of the universe as never before.

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