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    NASA Renames Observatory for Fermi, Reveals Entire Gamma-Ray Sky

    Logo for Fermi Gamma ray Space Telescope Logo for the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope. Credit: NASA/Sonoma State University/Aurore Simonnet
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    NASA's newest observatory, the Gamma-ray Large Area Space Telescope, or GLAST, has begun its mission of exploring the universe in high-energy gamma rays. The spacecraft and its revolutionary instruments passed their orbital checkout with flying colors.

    NASA announced August 26 that GLAST has been renamed the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope. The new name honors Prof. Enrico Fermi (1901-1954), a pioneer in high-energy physics.

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    Fermi Space Telescope: Exploring the Extreme Universe
    GLAST is a powerful space observatory that will open a wide window on the universe. Gamma rays are the highest-energy form of light, and the gamma-ray sky is spectacularly different from the one we perceive with our own eyes. With a huge leap in all key capabilities, GLAST data will enable scientists to answer persistent questions across a broad range of topics, including supermassive black-hole systems, pulsars, the origin of cosmic rays, and searches for signals of new physics.

    The mission is an astrophysics and particle physics partnership, developed by NASA 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 United States.


See Where GLAST is Flying in Orbit On-Line

GLAST launch

Link provided for viewing GLAST's position in orbit in order to view it in the night sky.

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GLAST Team Fine-Tuning Instrument and Operations


One of the priorities of the GLAST Burst Monitor science team has been to validate burst location information provided by the telescope.

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GLAST Mission Operations at NASA Goddard Powered Up

Artist concept of a black hole

Several bases of operations for NASA's Gamma-ray Large Area Space Telescope (GLAST) are gearing up for data from the recently launched satellite.

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