X-Ray Imager to Study Earth’s Magnetic Field from Moon
As part of NASA’s Artemis lunar program, Photonis’s MPO X-ray collimator is being used on The Lunar Environment heliospheric X-ray Imager (LEXI). LEXI is one of 12 new payloads selected by NASA to explore the moon’s interactions with the sun. The goal of the Artemis program is to gain a better understanding of the moon in preparation to land astronauts on the moon again at the south pole by 2024 and eventually send humans to Mars for the first time. As part of NASA’s Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) program, LEXI will launch into space in the next 18 months. From LEXI’s location on the moon, where it will sit for 2-3 weeks, it will take the first comprehensive images of our planet’s magnetic fields and how they interact with the solar wind.
Boston University, College of Engineering assistant professor Brian Walsh designed LEXI specifically because, as he says, “We’ve never had a full view of the Earth’s magnetosphere or known if it changes with time or even if it has holes in it.” In fact, “We haven’t had a wide enough view of our planet to take those kinds of images.”
MPOs from Photonis are used for their superior ability to focus on X-rays for imaging applications. These uniquely compact, lightweight plates offer a customized solution, including choice of pore size and coating to increase spectral response.
“Our history as a partner with NASA is something we take great pride in,” stated Bruce Laprade, President and General Manager of Photonis Scientific. “We are excited to continue to provide innovative technologies which are being used to uncover the mysteries of outer space.”
To read or download a brochure of Photonis’s Micro Pore Optics, click here.
To request more information or a quotation for this or other Photonis products, contact IL Photonics.