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2008-06-11 13:00:00

Today, NASA's Gamma-ray Large Area Space Telescope (GLAST for short) left Earth onboard a Delta II rocket. "The entire GLAST Team is elated," reported program manager Kevin Grady of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center shortly after the rocket's liftoff from Cape Canaveral. "The observatory is now on-orbit and all systems continue to operate as planned." What is NASA's newest space telescope going to accomplish? GLAST will explore the most extreme environments in the universe, searching for...

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2008-06-10 22:00:00

In a final meeting of scientists, engineers, technicians and officials, NASA's Gamma-ray Large Area Space Telescope (GLAST) received the final "Ready to Go!" from all teams. GLAST is scheduled to launch on a United Launch Alliance's Delta II Heavy rocket with a launch window from 11:45 a.m. - 1:40 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, June 11. During the "Launch Readiness Review," a two hour meeting at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, Fla., held on June 9, the U.S. Air Force, NASA and United Launch Alliance...

2008-06-05 18:00:04

The U.S. space agency again Thursday postponed the launch of its newest space telescope until at least next Wednesday. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration had initially targeted liftoff of the Gamma-ray Large Area Space Telescope, or GLAST, for Tuesday, but then moved the date to Thursday to allow resolution of some engineering problems. The space agency subsequently moved the launch to Saturday, but then postponed the GLAST liftoff to no earlier than June 11 aboard a Delta...

2008-06-02 12:04:15

The U.S. space agency has scheduled Thursday for the launch of its Gamma-ray Large Area Space Telescope, or GLAST. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration said GLAST will be launched aboard a United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket. The launch window extends from 11:45 a.m. to 1:40 p.m. EDT daily through Aug. 7. The GLAST liftoff date, originally set for Tuesday, was rescheduled to allow the launch team sufficient time to make sure remaining engineering issues are resolved, NASA...

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2008-05-29 13:15:55

When NASA launches its newest space observatory, physicists at the University of California, Santa Cruz, will be watching as the product of nearly 16 years of hard work blasts into orbit. The UCSC team led an international effort to design a massive detector system for the Gamma-ray Large Area Space Telescope (GLAST), scheduled for launch from Cape Canaveral on June 3. GLAST will explore the universe's most extreme environments, searching for answers to long-standing questions about dark...

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2008-05-13 14:16:55

NASA's Gamma-ray Large Area Space Telescope, or GLAST, is receiving finishing touches at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, near the beaches of eastern central Florida for its launch. The spacecraft is set for launch aboard a Delta II rocket no earlier than June 3. The launch window runs from 11:45 a.m. to 1:40 p.m. EDT.Housed at the Astrotech Facility located near the Kennedy Space Center, Fla., GLAST is getting a lot of attention from engineers and scientists, from sun shades to thermal...

2008-05-01 12:34:05

A new space mission, due to launch this month, is going to shed light on some of the most extreme astrophysical processes in nature - including pulsars, remnants of supernovae, and supermassive black holes. It could even help us comprehend the origin and distribution of dark matter, write three scientists currently preparing for the GLAST mission from NASA's Goddard Space Flight Centre in Greenbelt, Maryland, USA, in this month's Physics World. The Gamma-Ray Large Area Space Telescope...

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2008-04-14 14:15:00

The Delta II 7920-H, or "Heavy," rocket that will launch NASA's Gamma-ray Large Area Telescope (GLAST) satellite is in the process of being assembled on Launch Pad 17-B at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. Solid rocket boosters were recently attached to the rocket. A series of nine strap-on solid rocket motors will next be mated with the rocket to help power the first stage. Because the Delta rocket is configured as a Delta II 7920 Heavy, the boosters are larger than those used on the...

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2008-04-02 09:52:47

Preparations for launching NASA's Gamma-ray Large Area Telescope (GLAST) satellite are underway at NASA's Kennedy Space Center (KSC), Fla. NASA KSC's "NASA Expendable Launch Vehicle Status Report" on Thursday, March 20, noted that GLAST's twin solar panels have been attached. The panels will provide electrical power for GLAST after its launch into earth orbit.As part of the process for preparing GLAST for launch, the satellite's various components are tested and re-tested. During the week of...

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2008-01-25 09:20:00

From mother Earth, the night sky can look peaceful and unchanging, but the universe as seen in gamma-rays is a place of sudden and chaotic violence. Using gamma-ray telescopes, astronomers witness short but tremendously intense explosions called gamma-ray bursts, and there is nothing more powerful. No one is sure what causes gamma-ray bursts. Favored possibilities include the collision of two neutron stars or a sort of super-supernova that occurs when extremely massive stars explode. One...


Word of the Day
barratry
  • The offense of persistently instigating lawsuits, typically groundless ones.
  • An unlawful breach of duty on the part of a ship's master or crew resulting in injury to the ship's owner.
  • Sale or purchase of positions in church or state.
This word ultimately comes from the Old French word 'barater,' to cheat.
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