How the XRISM spacecraft can study the X-ray universe with only 36 pixels

How the XRISM spacecraft can study the X-ray universe with only 36 pixels

A new X-ray space telescope is broadening our understanding of the universe with just three dozen pixels — really putting smartphones with as many as 12 million to 48 million pixels to shame!

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and NASA spacecraft known as the X-ray Imaging and Spectroscopy Mission (XRISM; pronounced “crism”) launched in Sept. 2023. Its mission is to study the universe in “soft X-rays,” referring to electromagnetic radiation with energies around 5,000 times greater than that of visible light. The way XRISM works has to do with an instrument called “Resolve.”

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