The GLAST (Fermi) Spacecraft in Orbit

  • Released Friday, September 14, 2007
  • Updated Friday, June 8, 2018 at 3:00PM
  • ID: 20119

This beauty shot begins with the earth in full view and pans to reveal the spacecraft in orbit.

GLAST will be launched into a circular orbit around the Earth at an altitude of about 560 km (350 miles). At that altitude, the observatory will circle Earth every 90 minutes. In sky-survey mode, GLAST will be able to view the entire sky in just two orbits, or about 3 hours. Because gamma rays in the GLAST's energy band are unable to penetrate the Earth's atmostphere, it is essential that GLAST perform its observations from space.

This beauty shot begins with the earth in full view, then pans to reveal the spacecraft and the gamma ray sky it will observe.


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NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Conceptual Image Lab


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Fermi (Collected with the LAT sensor)
Event List

Fermi Gamma-ray Large Area Space Telescope (GLAST) Large Area Telescope (LAT)

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