Join Our Virtual NASA Social to Experience the Newest X-Ray Astronomy Mission – #IXPE!

NASA’s Imaging X-ray Polarimetry Explorer (IXPE) mission is the first satellite dedicated to measuring the polarization of X-rays from a variety of cosmic sources, such as black holes and neutron stars. (Credits: NASA)

WASHINGTON (NASA PR) — Social media users are invited to register to take part in our global virtual NASA Social for the Imaging X-Ray Polarimetry Explorer (IXPE) mission, scheduled to launch Dec. 9, 2021. This will be NASA’s first satellite dedicated to measuring X-ray polarization from many sources in space.

IXPE will study the polarization of X-ray light from some of the universe’s most extreme objects, including black holes, dead stars known as pulsars, and more. Polarization is a property of light that contains clues to these extreme environments and helps scientists better understand these mysterious phenomena.

If your passion is to communicate and engage the world via social media, then this is the event for you! Seize the opportunity to blog, tweet, post or simply share everything about the IXPE mission.

While we cannot invite the public onsite for one of our usual NASA Social events, we are excited to present an opportunity for people of all ages from all around the world to participate in.

NASA Social participants will have the opportunity to

  • Connect virtually with a community of people excited about #IXPE
  • Watch exclusive behind-the-scenes videos about the mission
  • Obtain your own NASA Social badge to share
  • Learn more about the spacecraft, the rocket launching IXPE and the mission objectives

The NASA Social event page will open on Thursday, Dec. 2 and everyone is invited to join by selecting the “Going” button. Please note by attending the virtual event, you are explicitly agreeing to a set of rules/guidelines and anyone who breaks these rules may be banned from the event page.

All resources, participation, and registration are FREE. Register below to let NASA know that you’re virtually participating!


Do I need to have a Facebook account to register?
Yes. This event is designed for people who:

  • Actively use multiple social networking platforms and tools to disseminate information to a unique audience.
  • Have previous postings that are highly visible, respected and widely recognized.

Users on all social networks are encouraged to use the hashtag #IXPE and #NASASocial. Updates and information about the event will be shared on Twitter via @NASASocial and  @NASAKennedy, and via posts to Facebook and Instagram.

How do I join?
Select “Going” for this event on the designated Facebook event page. Please note: By “attending” the Facebook event, you are explicitly agreeing to the group’s rules as set forth by NASA.

Can I register if I am not a U.S. citizen?
Yes! This is a global NASA Social, and we would love for you to be a part of it.

What if I don’t have a Facebook account?
If you don’t have a Facebook account, you can still join us virtually with Eventbrite to experience the launch of the IXPE mission! Register here. You’re also welcome to watch and participate in the launch by tuning in on Dec. 9 for the launch broadcast. You can watch live on FacebookTwitterYouTubeTwitch or NASA TV.

What if the launch date changes?
Hundreds of different factors can cause a scheduled launch date to change multiple times. If the launch date changes prior, NASA may adjust the date of the NASA Social accordingly to coincide with the new target launch date. NASA will notify registrants of any changes on the Facebook event page.

If the launch is postponed, attendees will be able to watch the launch at a later date on the Facebook event page.

Check for updates.