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NASA Targets GLAST Launch for June 5
05.28.08
 
J.D. Harrington
Headquarters, Washington
202-358-5241
j.d.harrington@nasa.gov

George H. Diller
Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
321-867-2468
george.h.diller@nasa.gov

Jennifer Morcone
Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Ala.
256-544-0034
Jennifer.J.Morcone@nasa.gov

Media Advisory: H-M08-110


WASHINGTON -- The launch of NASA's GLAST spacecraft aboard a United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket is scheduled for Thursday, June 5. The launch window extends from 11:45 a.m. to 1:40 p.m. EDT and remains unchanged through Aug. 7. Marshall manages the GLAST Burst Monitor, one of two instruments on board GLAST. Together, the Large Area Telescope and the GLAST Burst Monitor will observe gamma rays ranging in energy from a few thousand electron volts to many hundreds of billions of electron volts or higher, the widest range of coverage ever available on a single spacecraft for gamma ray studies.

The June 5 date already is reserved for the launch of GLAST on the Eastern Range. The date was chosen at the conclusion of Thursday's Flight Readiness Review to give the launch team sufficient time to make sure remaining open engineering issues are resolved.

The GLAST prelaunch news conference is scheduled for 1 p.m. on Tuesday, June 3, at the news center at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, Fla. Question and answer capability will be available from participating NASA locations.

The placement of remote cameras at Pad 17-B is scheduled for 1 p.m. on Wednesday, June 4. On launch day, news media should meet at 10:30 a.m. at the Space Florida parking lot outside Gate 1 of Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

Launch commentary on NASA Television (media channel 103) will begin at 9:45 a.m. For complete NASA TV downlink information, schedules and links to streaming video, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/ntv


For more information about the GLAST mission, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/glast