Launch of GLAST
Credit: Carleton Bailie for United Launch Alliance

The Launch of GLAST

GLAST, the Gamma-ray Large Area Space Telescope, was successfully launched on June 11, 12:05 EDT from Cape Canaveral aboard a Delta II rocket. GLAST is set to provide the clearest, most sensitive view of the Gamma-ray universe, shedding new light on mysterious sources of high energy emission: accreting black holes, merging neutron stars, exploding stars, and unknown new phenomena. The spacecraft is performing nearly flawlessly since launch. Instrument turn-on should take place in the next two weeks, and the start of science operations is expected in the middle of August. GLAST is set to have minimum mission lifetime of 5 years, and an anticipated lifetime of 10 years. What will GLAST discover? We can only guess.

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Page Author: Dr. Michael F. Corcoran
Last modified Friday, 20-Apr-2012 15:27:51 EDT