8th HEAD Meeting, 8-11 September, 2004
Session 21 GLAST Workshop
Oral, Thursday, September 9, 2004, 4:00-6:00pm

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[21.01] GLAST Mission Overview

S. Ritz (GSFC), GLAST Mission Team

The Gamma-ray Large Area Space Telescope, GLAST, is a satellite-based observatory under construction to measure the cosmic gamma-ray flux in the energy range 20 MeV to >300 GeV, with supporting measurements for gamma-ray bursts from 10 keV to 25 MeV. With its launch in 2007, GLAST will open a new and important window on a wide variety of high energy phenomena, including black holes and active galactic nuclei; gamma-ray bursts; the origin of cosmic rays and supernova remnants; and searches for hypothetical new phenomena such as supersymmetric dark matter annihilations, Lorentz invariance violation, and exotic relics from the Big Bang. In addition to the science opportunities, this talk will include a brief description of the instruments, the collaboration of particle physicists and high energy astrophysicists, the mission status, and the opportunities and support for guest observers.

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