NASA Renames GLAST to Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope

NASA has announced that GLAST is to be renamed to Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope.

NASA Renames Observatory For Fermi, Reveals Entire Gamma-Ray Sky

WASHINGTON — NASA’s newest observatory, the Gamma-Ray Large Area Space Telescope, or GLAST, has begun its mission of exploring the universe in high-energy gamma rays. The spacecraft and its revolutionary instruments passed their orbital checkout with flying colors.

NASA announced today that GLAST has been renamed the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope. The new name honors Prof. Enrico Fermi (1901 – 1954), a pioneer in high-energy physics.

“Enrico Fermi was the first person to suggest how cosmic particles could be accelerated to high speeds,” said Paul Hertz, chief scientist for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters in Washington. “His theory provides the foundation for understanding the new phenomena his namesake telescope will discover.”

Links:

NASA – NASA Renames Observatory For Fermi, Reveals Entire Gamma-Ray Sky.
NASAs GLAST web page
Wikipedias entry on Enrico Fermi

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