Scientific Colloquium
May 15, 2009

"Early Results from Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope"

The Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope, formerly called GLAST, was 
launched on 11 June 2008.  In addition to breakthrough capabilities in 
energy coverage and localization, the very large field of view enables 
observations of 20% of the sky at any instant and the entire sky on a 
timescale of a few hours.  Fermi opens a new and important window on a 
wide variety of phenomena, including pulsars, black holes and active 
galactic nuclei, gamma-ray bursts, and searches for hypothetical new 
phenomena such as particle dark matter annihilations. In addition to 
early results and the science opportunities, this talk includes a 
description of the instruments and the mission status and plans.  The 
many roles Goddard played enabling this multi-agency, multi-national, 
and multi-cultural mission will also be highlighted.

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