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INTEGRAL U.S. Guest Observer Facility

The INTErnational Gamma-Ray Astrophysics Laboratory

INTEGRAL, was launched in October 2002 aboard a Russian Proton rocket,  and is providing a new insight into the most violent and exotic objects of the Universe,  such as neutron stars, active galactic nuclei and supernovae. INTEGRAL is also helping us to understand processes such as the formation of new chemical elements and the mysterious gamma-ray bursts, the most energetic phenomena in the Universe. Environments of extreme temperature and density, near the event-horizons of black holes, are a major topic of study with INTEGRAL.

These studies are possible thanks to INTEGRAL's combination of fine spectroscopy and imaging of gamma-ray emissions in the energy range of 15 keV to 10 MeV (using the SPI and IBIS instruments) and concurrent monitoring in the X-ray band (4-35 keV) using JEM-X, and in the optical (500-600 nm) band, using the OMC.

A project of the European Space Agency INTEGRAL, serves an international Guest Observer community. Participation by U.S. astronomers was supported by a Guest Observer Facility (GOF) at the NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) from the mission start until October 2010. Since then, the mirroring of the European INTEGRAL Public Data Archive into the HEASARC has been continued by the HEASARC.

Picture of the Month

Integral Picture of the Month

INTEGRAL News & Science Results

INTEGRAL TOO observations of SAX J1748.8-2021 in NGC 6440L
(February 20, 2015)

Happy Birthday INTEGRAL
(October 17, 2014)

SN2014J: INTEGRAL catches dead star exploding in a blaze of glory
(August 27, 2014)

Integral in orbit

Latest News
INTEGRAL orbit change in January and February 2015 to foster a safe disposal by 2029 (16 Jan 2015)
A side effect of the orbit change is that INTEGRAL will no longer have revolutions of 3 sidereal days. Instead, one aims at implementing a scheme of 3 revolutions in 8 days. See ISOC news web page for details.
  • New INTEGRAL data distribution policy for AO-12 (16 Jan 2015)
    In AO-12 the data access rights policy has changed with respect to previous AOs. See ISDC data distribution web page for a description and new download interface.
  • INTEGRAL science operations confirmed until 31 December 2016 (01 Dec 2014)
    During a meeting on 19 and 20 November 2014, the ESA Science Programme Committee (SPC) approved the confirmation of science operations until 31 December 2016, as well the indicative extension of science operations for INTEGRAL until 31 December 2018, subject to a mid-term review in 2016. See the full story on the SPC decision .
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    INTEGRAL Public Data Archive Status
  • The HEASARC mirror to the INTEGRAL Public Data Archive now contains data through the February 25, 2015 public data release (Rev 1379).

  • The next scheduled public data release is March 10, 2015.

    ISDC Public Data Release Schedule.

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