Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope

Fermi Friday - March 30, 2018

A Little Something Extra: Join the Fermi Birthday Celebration!

It's been an amazing 10 years in space for Fermi, with groundbreaking discoveries from all across the universe. Fermi's multinational team includes scientists in the USA, Italy, France, Germany, Japan, Sweden, and many other countries. It also includes the mission operations team, software engineers, data scientists and administrators that work in the background to keep everything running smoothly.

After 57,264 orbits, 3,579 days in space, 3,187 publications, 214 automatic repoints, 118 TOOs, and four Rossi prizes, it's time for us to give back to our fans. We want to say "Thanks!" to all of you who think Fermi is as awesome as we do!

Help us celebrate Fermi's 10th birthday by sending Fermi a birthday card! If we receive it by our launch anniversary on June 11th 2018, we'll send back one of these handsome thank you cards, signed by one of the members of the Fermi team. You'll also get a special 10-year anniversary Fermi mission sticker.

Fermi birthday card

Your birthday card will be included as part of our launch anniversary celebration. This is your chance to tell the world how much Fermi means to you. Don't hold back!

Here's how to get a Thank You card from Fermi:

  1. Send a postcard to:
    NASA Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope
    NASA GSFC, Code 661
    Greenbelt, MD 20771
  2. Be sure to include your address in your note to us, so we can send you one of our gorgeous 10th Anniversary Thank You cards! PRINT YOUR ADDRESS NEATLY, or we may accidentally send your postcard halfway across the universe. Also, please avoid anything obscene – not only will it make us blush, but it will also keep us from displaying your card here at NASA.
  3. If we can decipher your return address (see step 2), we’ll send you a Thank You card and a 10th Anniversary Fermi sticker! Please allow a month or so for us to get our card back to you. We’ll be getting these signed and mailed as quickly as we can, but (as you can imagine) planning Fermi's birthday party is keeping everyone pretty busy. We have a limited number of Thank You cards, and will send out as many as we can. We’ll make an announcement on Twitter and Facebook when we’re running low. Be sure to follow us there!

We’re planning to cover posters with your birthday cards so we can share them during all our celebrations. By sending us a card, you’re granting us permission to photograph and reproduce the contents. Of course, we will blur out all addresses and personal information. We value your privacy!