Press Release

NASA to Hold GLAST Pre-launch News Briefing

By SpaceRef Editor
May 19, 2008
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NASA to Hold GLAST Pre-launch News Briefing

GREENBELT, Md. – NASA Goddard Space Flight Center will hold a teleconference at 1 p.m. EDT, Tuesday, May 27, for a science and mission status briefing on NASA’s upcoming Gamma-ray Large Area Space Telescope (GLAST) mission. Reporters should contact Robert Naeye at Tel. 301-286-4453 by noon on May 27, for dial-in information.

GLAST, NASA’s new gamma-ray observatory, will open a wide new window on the universe. Gamma rays are the highest-energy form of light, and the gamma-ray sky is spectacularly different from what 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 signatures of new physics.

The briefing participants are:

– Lynn Cominsky, GLAST Education and Public Outreach, Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, Calif.

– Steve Ritz, GLAST Project Scientist, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md.

– David Thompson, GLAST Deputy Project Scientist, NASA Goddard

– Peter Michelson, Large Area Telescope (LAT) Principal Investigator, Stanford University, Palo Alto, Calif.

– Charles “Chip” Meegan, GLAST Burst Monitor (GBM) Principal Investigator, Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Ala.

NASA’s GLAST mission is an astrophysics and particle physics partnership, developed 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 U.S.

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For more information about the GLAST mission, please visit:

SpaceRef staff editor.