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Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope

2002 News

October 23, 2002

Gamma-Ray Telescope To Sleuth For Origin Of Elements

The International Gamma-ray Astrophysics Laboratory (INTEGRAL), a space-science mission led by the European Space Agency, launched successfully on October 17, 2002, from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan aboard a Russian Proton rocket. The satellite will now undergo system checks for two months before attaining first light.
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August 23, 2002

NASA Names Builder for Future Gamma Ray Observatory

NASA has selected Spectrum Astro, of Gilbert, AZ, to build the Gamma ray Large Area Space Telescope (GLAST) Observatory.
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August 13, 2002

Bulk Source of Universe's Gamma Rays Identified, Scientists Say

Scientists at Columbia University and Barnard College have found that the majority of the gamma rays outside of our galaxy are likely emitted by galaxy clusters and other massive structures. This may resolve a 30-year-old mystery as to the origin of the Universe's gamma-ray background.
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March 13, 2002

NASA Gamma-Ray Burst Satellite Team Assembles World's Largest Telescope Mask

The team behind the NASA gamma-ray burst satellite called Swift has completed construction of a "coded aperture mask," the largest such device ever built, marking another milestone on its path to a 2003 launch.
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January 8, 2002

Newly Discovered Subclass of "Local" Gamma Ray Bursts May Solve a Mystery or Two

Although scientists have believed for some time that most gamma-ray bursts are very distant, a GoBLOCKQUOTEard scientist has discovered 100 of them that are quite "local," within 325 million light years from Earth.
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