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NASA Launches Gamma -Ray Space Telescope

NASA launched a telescope Wednesday to scout out elusive, super high-energy gamma rays lurking in the universe.GLAST — a NASA acronym standing for Gamma-ray Large Area Space Telescope — began its five- to 10-year mission with a midday blastoff aboard a Delta rocket.Everything went well and, in just over an hour, the telescope was orbiting 345 miles above Earth precisely as planned, generating applause in Launch Control."We couldn't be happier," said NASA project scientist Steven Ritz.• Click here to visit FOXNews.com's Space Center.The $690 million telescope, supported by six countries, will pick up where NASA's Compton Gamma Ray Observatory left off before its deliberate destruction in 2000, but in a bigger and better way.With superior new technology and insight gained from Compton and other telescopes, GLAST will be able to do in three hours, or two orbits of Earth — survey the entire sky — what Compton took 15 months to do.What's more, GLAST and its particle detectors are much more ...

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