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Published on Jun 11, 2008
The Delta II rocket easily lifted the GLAST spacecraft off the launch pad, out of the smoke and clouds and into a beautiful clear-blue Florida sky headed for space.
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.