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XPoSatThe X-ray Polarimeter Satellite (XPoSat) mission is a collaborative effort between the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) and the Raman Research Institute (RRI) in Bengaluru.

An Overview of the News

  • XPoSat aims to develop and launch the X-ray Polarimeter Satellite (XPoSat) later this year.

  • XPoSat aims to study the polarisation of X-rays emitted by celestial sources.

  • The study of X-ray polarisation can provide valuable insight into the nature and behaviour of astrophysical sources such as neutron stars, black holes and active galactic nuclei.

  • XPoSat is India's first and world's second polarimetry mission.

  • NASA's Imaging X-ray Polarimetry Explorer (IXPE), the only other major mission of its kind, is slated to launch in 2021.

About ISRO

  • It is the national space agency of India. It launches its space rocket from Satish Dhawan Space Center in Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh.

  • Establishment - 15 August 1969

  • Founder - Vikram Sarabhai

  • Headquarters - Bengaluru

  • Chairman - S Somnath

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