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Watch GLAST Blast off June 11, 2008

Posted by gordonwatts in GLAST.
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If you are online right now (about 11:45am Eastern Time), you can watch the GLAST launch realtime video here!

11:59: It sounds like they are working in the D0 control room! They have disabled an alarm! We do that all the time.πŸ™‚

12:08: Already up 35 miles! And fast — 7000 miles/hour.

12:12: The room they track the progress from looks just like one of our movable counting houses in a particle physics experiment. Lots and lots of racks of electronics and displays. I’d feel at home. One difference: the guys I can see are wearing ties! Not tee-shirts!

12:14: 100 miles up there. I’m in an office at CERN watching this on my computer. The offices is crammed full of people — but they are all working on various things ATLAS. I basically had to yell at them to get them to watch the launch they were so intensely involved on the problems they were solving.πŸ™‚

12:16: Ha — the guy watching those banks of displays and electronics is getting supplemental information from what looks like a laptop!πŸ™‚ That is so just like D0!

12:19: Now it is coasting in a low orbit – so it will sit there for an hour. That was cool! I’ve never seen a launch before – so this is the closest I’ve ever come. Sounds like an hour or two from now that will all be done and the solar arrays will open and GLAST infrastructure will start to power up.

1:40pm: Hey — they got it in orbit and the solar pannels out and the thing is under power. That was 90 minutes from launch pad to orbit. It was, oh, about 10 years from design to launch pad. And, it will be another 2 weeks before they start to power up the instrument (the next two weeks will be work on making sure the spacecraft that carry’s GLAST is in good shape). 90 minutes. Wow.

And congrats to my fellow prof at UW, Toby Burnett, who has been working on this from before my arrival at UW. He must be dancing in the streets by now!

P.S. They do have guys there in ties with long hair.πŸ™‚

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