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At Last, GLAST

Robby

The News Robot
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Terra
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At Last, GLAST
Image Credit: Jerry Cannon, Robert Murray, NASA

Explanation: Rising through a billowing cloud of smoke, this Delta II rocket left Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's launch pad 17-B Wednesday at 12:05 pm EDT. Snug in the payload section was GLAST, the Gamma-ray Large Area Space Telescope, now in orbit around planet Earth. GLAST's detector technology was developed for use in terrestrial particle accelerators. But from orbit, GLAST can study gamma-rays from extreme environments in our own Milky Way galaxy, as well as supermassive black holes at the centers of distant active galaxies, and the sources of powerful gamma-ray bursts. Those cosmic accelerators achieve energies not attainable in earthbound laboratories. GLAST also has the sensitivity to search for signatures of new physics in the relatively unexplored high-energy gamma-ray regime.




(Via NASA)
 

Tom

An Old Friend
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If intelligent - ancient life is out there we stand a greater chance of discovering their signals if we concentrate on the highest range of the gamma spectrum. It only makes sense...
 

Kevin

Code Monkey
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Mar 20, 2004
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Pennsylvania
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What's with the logos on the side? The NASA one is easy enough to make out but what about the ones above it?

And would painting that large of a logo on that large of a rocket add to the weight?