What is GLAST?

Posted by Lydia on May 30th, 2008

GLASTGLAST is an extremely powerful space observatory whose goal is to answer all those unknowns in reference to black hole systems, pulsars, the origin of cosmic rays … the list goes on. The mission is a NASA developed collaborative partnership involving the US Dept. of Energy with contributions from international academia in France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Sweden and the US.

First available date for lift-off for the Gamma-Ray Large Area Space Telescope is June 3, during which it will be carried into space aboard a Delta II rocket. (Let’s hope for good weather since there is only a two hour launch window, from 11:45am to 1:40pm EDT.)

Update: GLAST has been rescheduled for launch on June 5, 2008 at 08:45 am CDT.

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