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ISRO's First X-Ray Polarimeter Satellite

Updated: Apr 9

In 2023, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) achieved a great feat by reaching the Moon, and they didn't stop there.

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As 2024 dawned, ISRO continued their cosmic journey by launching the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) on its 60th mission, sending the XPoSat mission into orbit.

Image Credit: Indian Space Research Organisation, Bangalore

This significant launch took place at 9:10 am from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota. The star of the show, XPoSat, or India's first X-ray Polarimeter Satellite, is on a quest to understand the universe better. By studying the polarization of X-rays from celestial bodies like neutron stars and black holes, XPoSat aims to provide deeper insights into these mysterious and powerful space phenomena.

Polarimetry, the method used by XPoSat, allows scientists to observe the universe in a new light, revealing details that standard methods can't capture. This opens up new possibilities for understanding the extreme conditions and behaviors of these distant, fascinating objects.

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