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Swift is a first-of-its-kind multi-wavelength observatory dedicated to the study of gamma-ray burst (GRB) science. Its three instruments will work together to observe GRBs and afterglows in the gamma-ray, X-ray, optical, and ultraviolet wavebands. Swift, part of NASA's medium explorer (MIDEX) program, is being developed by an international collaboration. It was launched into a low-Earth orbit on a Delta 7320 rocket on November 20, 2004. During its first 2 years of mission, Swift has detected nearly 200 bursts, which represent the most comprehensive study of GRB afterglows to date.
The main mission objectives for Swift are to:

  • Determine the origin of gamma-ray bursts.
  • Classify gamma-ray bursts and search for new types.
  • Determine how the blastwave evolves and interacts with the surroundings.
  • Use gamma-ray bursts to study the early universe.
  • Perform a sensitive survey of the sky in the hard X-ray band.

For more information please see the

external link NASA Swift pages

link pictures taken during the Swift telescope calibration at MPE Panter facility

Swift

Satellite
Launch November 20, 2004
End of Mission 4+ years
Status in Earth orbit

MPE Participation
calibration of the X-ray telescope,
software development,
burst advocates.


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