Highlights of Swift's Decade of Discovery

  • Released Thursday, November 20, 2014

NASA's Swift satellite rode to orbit aboard a Delta II rocket on November 20, 2004, and it's still going strong. Swift's unique instrumentation allows it to quickly locate an interesting high-energy outburst, automatically determine its position, and rapidly investigate it with ultraviolet, optical, and X-ray telescopes. Swift's versatility has led to amazing observations across a wide swath of astronomy. As Swift begins its second decade of operation, its speed, flexibility and versatility make it an important platform for studying the most energetic and rapidly changing phenomena in the cosmos.

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This page was originally published on Thursday, November 20, 2014.
This page was last updated on Wednesday, May 3, 2023 at 1:50 PM EDT.


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  • Swift 10th Anniversary (ID: 2014067)
    Thursday, November 20, 2014 at 5:00AM
    Produced by - Robert Crippen (NASA)

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