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2004-Nov-17, 07:51 PM
SUMMARY: NASA's Swift spacecraft is sitting on top of a Boeing Delta II rocket at Florida's Cape Canaveral, waiting for technical difficulties to be resolved with a piece of electronic equipment on the rocket. If everything goes well, Swift will lift off on Thursday, and head into space to search for the most powerful explosions in the Universe: Gamma Ray Bursts (GRBs), which could be the birth cries of new black holes. The observatory's gamma ray detector scans the sky looking for these explosions. When it finds them, the whole spacecraft will turn to focus on the source within 70 to 100 seconds, and analyze it with a suite of other instruments.

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2004-Nov-17, 08:09 PM
It was interesting reading detals about how it will do what its going to do, but even more so to read about the heroic underpaid guy who wrote most of the software, doing the work of twenty men. No wonder this project was delayed so often.

2004-Nov-17, 08:35 PM
They should give that guy a medal (or at least a substantial pay rise) for doing the work of 20 others! :P

However it will be very interesting to see the results the probe provides once it gets into orbit & begins to function.