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NASA will embark on a new mission to explore supermassive black holes, neutron stars, and pulsars hidden within the depths of space. The Imaging X-ray Polarimetry Explorer (IXPE) mission was chosen among 14 other proposals during the rigorous selection process for NASA's Astrophysics Explorer programmes. It's expected to …

  1. Unep Eurobats
    Coat

    'It is unknown how Trump will affect NASA's budget'

    Well, it's a domestic manufacturer, and competes successfully with the Chinese, so ... cautious optimism?

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: 'It is unknown how Trump will affect NASA's budget'

      Unless he can build hotels on the Moon I wouldn't be optimistic.

      "There are NO black holes out there. I know it because I am smart. NASA wasting money. Shame!"

      -- realDonaldJ

  2. Mikel
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    Congratulations

    The first article I read on this today managed to say NASA planned a mission to !Go! to a black hole. So good catch avoiding that potato reportage quality.

    1. A Non e-mouse Silver badge
      Coat

      Re: Congratulations

      Going is easy (Although it may take a while)

      Getting back, on the other hand, may be a little bit more tricky....

      1. John Brown (no body) Silver badge

        Re: Congratulations

        "Going is easy (Although it may take a while)

        Getting back, on the other hand, may be a little bit more tricky...."

        If they get the slingshot spot on, a probe will likely come back a lot quicker than it went out. Stopping when it gets back might be a bit of an issue though. I'd not like to be around if it makes a re-entry attempt.

    2. Captain DaFt

      Re: Congratulations

      "NASA planned a mission to !Go! to a black hole. So good catch avoiding that potato reportage quality."

      Well, they could if they wanted to.

      There's a massive black hole Nearby right outside Washington DC that swallows massive amounts of energy in financial form, draining resources so heavily that it's had a major negative impact on the nation's infrastructure,and programs, including NASA itself, with fallout creating "no-go zones" worldwide.

      You can recognise it by its unique five sided appearance.

  3. Stoneshop Silver badge

    anisotropies

    Anyone know how they taste?

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: anisotropies

      Like chicken?

      1. Swarthy Silver badge

        Re: anisotropies

        I thought those were the prizes awarded for growing superb star anise.

    2. allthecoolshortnamesweretaken

      Re: anisotropies

      Kinda beige.

  4. Destroy All Monsters Silver badge
    Mushroom

    That picture!

    At least since the movie "Interstellar", so-called "artists' impressions" of black holes as black balls sitting in a strudel of gas should be bannned and any editor using them should be put into the same nefarious set as WaPo/NYT editorial cancer.

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