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NASA | GLASTcast | Episode 3: Swift and GLAST

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Duration: 2 minutes and 15 seconds
Country: United States
Language: English
Producer: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Views: 74
Posted by: nasaexplorer on Feb 20, 2009

What's the difference between the Swift and GLAST satellites? Both missions look at gamma-ray bursts (GRBs), but in different ways. Swift can rapidly and precisely determine the locations of GRBs and observe their afterglows at X-ray, ultraviolet, and optical wavelengths. GLAST will provide exquisite observations of the burst over the gamma ray spectrum, giving scientists their first complete view of the total energy released in these extraordinary events. Beyond GRB science, GLAST is a multipurpose observatory that will study a broad range of cosmic phenomena. Swift is also a multipurpose observatory, but was built primarily to study GRBs.

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