Space telescope launched to spy on black-holes

June 12th, 2008 - 9:04 am ICT by IANS  

Washington, June 11 (DPA) After several delays, the US space telescope GLAST Wednesday was heading for a mission expected to shed light on black holes and the gravitational forces causing the universe to expand. GLAST was launched on a Delta II rocket from Cape Canaveral in Florida at 1600 GMT.

GLAST’s five-year, $700 million agenda includes up-close spying on the violent explosions and other cosmic catastrophes that astronomers have been observing through the Hubble space telescope and sophisticated observations from Earth.

The NASA project includes international participants such as the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics in Garching, near Munich, Germany.

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