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GLASTCast Episode 3 - Swift and GLAST

NASA's GLAST mission is an astrophysics and particle physics partnership, developed in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Energy, along with important contributions from academic institutions and partners in France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Sweden, and the U.S.

What's the difference between the Swift and GLAST satellites? Both missions look at gamma-ray bursts (GRBs), but in different ways. Swift can rapidly and precisely determine the locations of GRBs and observe their afterglows at X-ray, ultraviolet, and optical wavelengths. GLAST will provide exquisite observations of the burst over the gamma ray spectrum, giving scientists their first complete view of the total energy released in these extraordinary events. Beyond GRB science, GLAST is a multipurpose observatory that will study a broad range of cosmic phenomena. Swift is also a multipurpose observatory, but was built primarily to study GRBs.

Interviews with (in order of appearance):

David Thompson - GLAST Deputy Project Scientist, NASA Goddard

Charles "Chip" Meegan - GLAST Burst Monitor (GBM) Principal Investigator, NASA Marshall

Lynn Cominsky - GLAST Astrophysicist and Education and Public Outreach Lead, Sonoma State University

Neil Gehrels - GLAST Deputy Project Scientist, NASA Goddard

Steve Ritz - GLAST Project Scientist, NASA Goddard

Alan Marscher - Professor of Astronomy, Boston University

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Chris Meaney (HTSI): Lead Animator
Walt Feimer (HTSI): Animator
Dana Berry (Skyworks Digital): Animator
Megan Willy (IRC/UMBC): Animator
Stefanie Misztal (UMBC): Video Editor
Stefanie Misztal (UMBC): Producer
Elizabeth A. Smith (HTSI): Producer
Steven Ritz (NASA/GSFC): Scientist
Victoria Weeks (HTSI): Videographer
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This item is part of this series:
Narrated Movies

Goddard TV Tapes:
G2008-093 -- GLASTcast Episode 3: Swift and GLAST
G2008-160 -- GLASTcast Series Compilation

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GCMD keywords can be found on the Internet with the following citation: Olsen, L.M., G. Major, K. Shein, J. Scialdone, S. Ritz, T. Stevens, M. Morahan, A. Aleman, R. Vogel, S. Leicester, H. Weir, M. Meaux, S. Grebas, C.Solomon, M. Holland, T. Northcutt, R. A. Restrepo, R. Bilodeau, 2013. NASA/Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Earth Science Keywords. Version