Hidden wonders of the universe

Black hole – spaghetti visualisation.

NASA will embark on a new mission to explore supermassive black holes, neutron stars, and pulsars hidden within the depths of space.

The Imaging X-ray Polarimetry Explorer IXPE mission was chosen among 14 other proposals during the rigorous selection process for NASA's Astrophysics Explorer programmes.

It's expected to launch in 2018 and will cost $188m – a modest price tag compared to NASA's largest missions on the Flagship programme often valued at over $1bn.

The IXPE mission will send three telescopes to analyse the powerful cosmic X-rays emitted from objects with extreme gravitational, electric, and magnetic fields.

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