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