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NASA Opens Gamma Ray Burst Operations Center in Huntsville
Jennifer Morcone
Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Ala.

News release: M08-044

What: Marshall opens the Gamma-ray Large Area Telescope (GLAST) Burst Monitor Instrument Operations Center, the focal point for observing gamma ray bursts, the most powerful explosions in the universe.

The GLAST Burst Monitor, or GBM, a space-based instrument for studying gamma ray bursts, is one of two instruments on NASA's GLAST spacecraft. Together, the Large Area Telescope and the GBM 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.

Located at the National Space Science and Technology Center in Huntsville, Ala., operations personnel and scientists working in the GBM Instrument Operations Center will scrutinize the health of the monitor and enjoy a first-hand peek at ground-breaking new gamma ray science.

GLAST is anticipated to launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., on May 16 at 11:45 a.m. EDT.

Who: Charles "Chip" Meegan, an astrophysicist at Marshall and GBM Principal Investigator

When: Wednesday, April 9, 2008, 11:15 a.m. CDT

Where: The National Space Science Technology Center (NSSTC)
320 Sparkman Drive, Huntsville, AL 35805

To attend: News media interested in covering the event should contact Jennifer Morcone of the Marshall media relations office at 256-544-7199. Media should plan to arrive at the NSSTC lobby by 11:00 a.m. CDT for escort to the Operations Center.

For more information on GLAST, please visit: