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GLAST L-7 Media Telecon Briefing
05.19.08
GLAST spacecraft

Illustration of the GLAST satellite.
Image credit: NASA/General Dynamics

NASA's Gamma-ray Large Area Telescope (GLAST) will launch aboard a Delta II 7920-H rocket from the Cape Canaveral Air Station, Fla., no earlier than June 3. The window for launch runs between 11:45 a.m. – 1:40 p.m. EDT.

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center held a science and mission status briefing teleconference on Tuesday, May 27. Telecon participants were: › View GLAST multimedia.

NASA's GLAST mission is an astrophysics and particle physics partnership, developed in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Energy, along with important contributions from academic institutions and partners in France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Sweden, and the U.S.

GLAST's scientific objectives are to:
  • Explore the most extreme environments in the universe, where nature harnesses energies far beyond anything possible on Earth.
  • Search for signs of new laws of physics and what composes the mysterious dark matter.
  • Explain how black holes accelerate immense jets of material to nearly light speed.
  • Help crack the mysteries of the stupendously powerful explosions known as gamma-ray bursts.
  • Answer long-standing questions about a broad range of phenomena, including solar flares, pulsars and the origin of cosmic rays.
Rob Gutro
Goddard Space Flight Center