An Astro-Particle Physics Partnership Exploring the High Energy Universe

The Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope, formerly GLAST, is an international and multi-agency mission launched June 11, 2008 at 18:05pm CET (12:05pm EDT) from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida (USA). The Observatory will study the cosmos looking at objects that emit high energy wavelengths of light in the energy range 10 keV - 300 GeV.
The Fermi/GLAST project is funded in the United States by NASA and the Department of Energy and by government agencies in Italy (INFN,ASI), France, Japan, Germany and Sweden.

Mission Objectives
  • Search for signs of new laws of physics and what composes the mysterious Dark Matter.
  • Explain how black holes accelerate immense jets of material to nearly light speed.
  • Help crack the mysteries of the powerful explosions known as gamma-ray bursts.
  • Answer long-standing questions across a broad range of topics, from pulsars to the origin of cosmic rays.
Watch the video of the launch!
Fermi Sky Viewing: see where the observatory is now around the globe
August 26, 2008: NASA Renames Observatory for Fermi
Fermi reveals entire Gamma-ray sky

Fermi/GLAST is part of NASA’s Structure and Evolution of the Universe theme, one of  four major science themes within the NASA Office of Space Science. The astronomical satellites in this theme are designed to explore the structure of the deep Universe and peer into the ultimate limits of gravity: black holes.