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Coronavirus work stoppage likely to delay launch of NASA X-ray astronomy mission

5 monthes ago   |   By Spaceflight Now

Artist's concept of the Imaging X-ray Polarimetry Explorer. Credit: NASA
A nearly three-month stoppage of on-site work due to concerns about the spread of the coronavirus at NASA's Marshall Space Fight Center in Alabama is expected to push back the launch of the IXPE X-ray astronomy satellite from May 2021 until some time later next year, a senior space agency official said.
The Imaging X-ray Polarimetry Explorer, or IXPE, mission is assigned to launch on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. IXPE is designed to measure the polarization of high-energy cosmic...
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