The launch of NASA’s GLAST spacecraft aboard a United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket is slated for Wednesday, June 11, during a window that extends from 11:45 a.m. to 1:40 p.m. EDT.
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The GLAST observatory will explore the most extreme environments in the universe, and answer questions about supermassive black hole systems, pulsars and origin of cosmic rays...
View Video of our International Team of NASA Scientists from France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Sweden, and the U.S; who have designed and prepared GLAST, to be turned over to the Launch Team... Read more.
NASA Technicians at the launch pad, loaded the hypergolic propellants into the Delta II rocket's second stage over the weekend... On launch day, they will retract the mobile service tower from around the rocket at 2 a.m. Loading of the liquid oxygen, beginning the final phase of the launch countdown, is set to start at 10:15 a.m.
Image Left: The first half of the payload fairing is moved into place around NASA's Gamma-Ray Large Area Space Telescope within the mobile service tower on Launch Pad 17-B at CapeCanaveral Air Force Station. The fairing is a molded structure that fits flush with the outsidesurface of the Delta II upper stage booster and forms an aerodynamically smooth nose cone,protecting the spacecraft during launch and ascent.Photo credit: NASA/Jim Grossmannt
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VIDEO Interviews above (in order of appearance) Steve Ritz - GLAST Project Scientist, NASA Goddard Peter Michaelson - Large Area Telescope (LAT) Principal Investigator, Stanford University Diego Torres – Large Area Telescope (LAT) Scientist, University of Barcelona Neil Gehrels - GLAST Deputy Project Scientist, NASA Goddard David Thompson - GLAST Deputy Project Scientist, NASA Goddard Luke Drury – Professor of Astronomy, Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies Valerie Connaughton - GLAST Burst Monitor (GBM) Team, NASA Marshall/University of Alabama Martin Pohl – GLAST Interdisciplinary Scientist, Iowa State University Per Carlson – Professor of Elementary Particle Physics, Manne Siegbahn Laboratory Charles “Chip” Meegan – GLAST Burst Monitor (GBM) Principal Investigator, NASA Marshall Alan Marscher – Professor of Astronomy, Boston University Julie McEnery – GLAST Deputy Project Scientist, NASA Goddard