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Launch Services Webcast: Swift Science and Spacecraft
 
Program Introduction and Welcome

Joe Dezio: Hi, I'm Joe Dezio, Swift project manager. Thank you for tuning in to NASA's webcast for the Swift mission.

Like fireworks in the sky, gamma-ray bursts are brilliant explosions of energy that originate at random points in the universe. These energetic bursts are spectacular in nature, and last only a fraction of a second.

At the moment, researchers do not know where gamma-ray bursts come from or what triggers them. The Swift mission is a project designed to answer these questions by detecting gamma-ray bursts within moments of their appearance.

With Swift, scientists will have a nimble spacecraft with fast reflexes to observe these cosmic powder-kegs the instant they are visible.

Once again, thank you for tuning in today, and I hope you enjoy the Swift webcast.