GLAST = Fermi, Another Chicago Prof becomes a Space Telescope

As you may have heard by now, the Gamma-ray Large Area Synoptic Telescope has been renamed from GLAST to Fermi, as in Enrico Fermi (1938 Nobel Prize Winner). This simple act appears to have brought both the NASA and Sonoma websites to all but a halt, but as of 10:30pm Tuesday, they both still say GLAST. Information clearly moves faster than web designers. This amuses me, but it’s not why I write. While my heart belongs to Boston, my body currently resides in Illinois, which made me note, “Hey, Fermi’s from Chicago, IL.” This will be noted in class tomorrow. This reminded me that Chandra X-Ray observatory was named after Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar (1983 Nobel Prize), another University of Chicago scholar. (Furthering amusing me is the...

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GLAST delayed until atleast June 11th

GLAST delayed until atleast June 11th

by ScottMiller NASA just annouced ANOTHER delay for GLAST.  Here is an excerpt from the official press release: “WASHINGTON — NASA has set no earlier than June 11 as the new target launch date for the Gamma-ray Large Area Space Telescope, or GLAST, from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The launch window extends from 11:45 a.m. to 1:40 p.m. EDT. NASA initially had targeted June 7 for the GLAST launch aboard a Delta II rocket. Additional time was needed to replace the rocket’s flight termination system battery, which indicated a problem Wednesday. ”...

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GLAST Delayed

During a NASA Town Hall meeting at AAS Dr. Morse made mention of GLAST being pushed back from June 5th until the 6th or 7th due to issues with the Delta II rocket. I later confirmed with Dr. Jon Morse that GLAST is being pushed back until at least the 6th or 7th of June. Upon further questioning Dr. Morse said the delay is because the close out operations for the Delta II rocket aren’t yet complete. Apparently the Air Force would like to see a more rigorous close out operation for this particular mission. Scott

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