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GLAST has shipped



The Gamma-Ray Large Area Space Telescope is NASA's next big mission.

The telescope has passed review and has been shipped to Florida where pieces of a Delta-II launcher are being assembled, for, er, launch, May 16th sometime later this year.

GLAST, if successfully launched and operational, will do some very interesting high energy astrophysics, including a large area telescope and a high energy burst monitor

NASA has announced an open competition to name GLAST, after a successful launch, I hope. Wouldn't want to jinx it, not that I'm superstitious or anything. Deadline for nominations is March 31st.

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How many bottles and which way have you bet on finding evidence of dark matter?

By Brad Holden (not verified) on 03 Mar 2008 #permalink

NASA has announced an open competition to name GLAST, after a successful launch, I hope. Wouldn't want to jinx it, not that I'm superstitious or anything.

They're taking a cue from their Japanese counterparts. Hinode was Solar-B, Akebono was Exos-D, Nozomi was Planet-B, etc. (the last, a Mars mission, was launched successfully but failed en route).

By Eric Lund (not verified) on 04 Mar 2008 #permalink

Some people around here have suggested the Bruce Banner Memorial Gamma-Ray Telescope. Go BBMGRT!

Hm, Banner - I like it, subtle.
I don't suppose NASA will go for the "Villard Telescope", eh?

I have not bet on dark matter, but I might be tempted given a suitable target, modulo Scott's advice to always bet on science, not scientists...

Personally, I think the way to go is "there is no gamma-ray annihilation radiation from cold dark matter in galactic halo cusps" - way overrated.

Re. the Japanese, NASA has been doing this for a while. Compton was
the Gamma-Ray Observatory, Chandra was AXAF, Spitzer was SIRTF, etc.
Although I guess they got cocky with Hubble and now with JWST.

I wonder how Marvel Comics would respond if they called it "The Hulk"?
(It would have to be painted green, of course.)