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The Gamma-Ray Astrophysics Team of the National Space Science and Technology Center welcomes you to its home page.

Our group includes scientists and engineers from NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center, Universities Space Research Association (USRA) and the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH). We are actively involved in several projects which are designed to investigate the high energy regime of our Solar System and Universe.

The primary objectives of our research are to study gamma-ray phenomena such as pulsars , black holes , other galaxies, gamma-ray bursts , and other exotic astrophysical objects.

Current Projects

The Compton Gamma-Ray Observatory:  Click for BATSE Home Page
The Compton Gamma Ray Observatory, about to be released from Space Shuttle Atlantis in 1991 April. The eight BATSE detector modules are mounted on the corners of the satellite. Four are visible in the image.
The Burst and Transient Source Experiment. During 9 years of successful operation, the BATSE detectors on the Compton Gamma-Ray Observatory (CGRO) continually recorded observations of gamma-ray bursts, pulsars, and other transient gamma-ray phenomena. Although the CGRO mission was terminated by NASA in June 2000, new science from BATSE and complete data archiving projects continue to occupy members of the GRA team and provide services to the high-energy astrophysics community. The Principal Investigator of this project is Dr. Gerald J. Fishman.

The GLAST Burst Monitor. The GLAST Burst Monitor (GBM) is the selected secondary instrument for the Gamma-Ray Large Area Space Telescope mission. This detector will record observations of high energy transient phenomena such as gamma-ray bursts, with a strong emphasis on broad-band spectral measurements. The Principal Investigator of this project is Dr. Charles A. Meegan. The Gamma-Ray Large Area Space Telescope: Click for GBM Home Page
Diagram of the GLAST instrument. Image courtesy of SpectrumAstro.


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Modification date: 16 Apr, 2007

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