Delta 2-H launches NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope
6/11/08 ~ 12:05pm


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A Boeing Delta 2-Heavy rocket, with slightly larger solid-rocket boosters than a regular Delta 2, launches NASA's Gamma-ray Large Area Space Telescope (GLAST), later renamed the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope, into orbit at 12:05pm EDT June 11. GLAST is a successor to the Compton Gamma-ray Observatory, the second of NASA's four Great Observatories which started with Hubble. Compton, launched on STS-37 in 1991, was deorbited in 2000.

GLAST in the Astrotech cleanroom

<--- GPS 2R-19M                                    Kepler --->
From the Jetty Park pier, 2.9 miles away:
A shockwave forms at max-q:
A grass fire started by the launch:
Shortly before launch, liquid oxygen vents from the Delta 2: