HEAD 2003 Meeting
Session 5. Integral Mission Overview and Early Results I
Workshop, Sunday, March 23, 2003, Organizers: B. Teegarden and A. Parmar

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[5.02] INTEGRAL: Observatory status and first results

C. Winkler, (ESA), Integral Science Working Team

INTEGRAL, ESA's gamma-ray observatory mission was launched from Baikonur cosmodrome by a Proton rocket on 17 October 2002, and injected into its operational orbit with highest precision. Subsequent activation of spacecraft and instruments proceeded smoothly as planned. The commissioning phase including instrument performance and verification observations of the Cygnus region has been completed successfully. Early results indicate that the instruments are working well with scientific performances close to those predicted prior to launch. This talk will provide a summary of the observatory status, discuss preliminary results and present the future observing programme.

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Note: As an exception to BAAS policy, this abstract was updated after publiction. This online version does not match the printed BAAS and ADS.

Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society, 35#2
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