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Fermi Gamma-Ray Space Telescope Studies the High-Energy Universe

The Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope, launched by NASA in 2008, allows scientists study the extreme, high-energy Universe with unprecedented precision. With Fermi, scientists can study how black holes can accelerate jets of gas outward at fantastic speeds; how extremely massive stars explode; how subatomic particles are accelerated to energies far greater than those achievable in ground-based particle accelerators; and perhaps unwrap the riddle of "Dark Matter". USRA/CRESST scientists have played key roles in the design of Fermi's advanced instrumentation.


Since launch, Fermi has been scanning the entire sky every 2 hours, amassing a huge trove of data that is now being analyzed by the astrophysics and high-energy physics communities. The Fermi Science Support Center, managed by a USRA/CRESST scientist, has the sole responsibility for providing community access to the data, creating and maintaining the mission timeline of observations, providing analysis software and user guides, organizing reviews of proposed research with Fermi, organizing data analysis workshops and seminars, and other community support activities. In two short years Fermi has already detected over 600 Gamma-ray bursts and 1400 Gamma-ray sources, has found huge, never-before-seen Gamma-ray emitting bubbles surrounding the Milky Way, discovered Gamma-ray emission from a nova explosion, and measured the amount of anti-matter produced by thunderstorms on earth.

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