IXPE Launches to Explore the Secrets of the Universe

Against a dark background, a rocket launches. Visible is a nest of clouds on the ground with a bright plume of fire rising up to the top of the image. A structure is silhouetted to the left of the plume, and a water tower is visible just to the right.
NASA/Joel Kowsky
CreditNASA/Joel Kowsky
Historical DateDecember 9, 2021
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A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched with NASA’s Imaging X-ray Polarimetry Explorer, or IXPE, spacecraft onboard from Launch Complex 39A, Thursday, Dec. 9, 2021, at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.