The COS-B Satellite
The ESA mission COS-B, along with NASA's SAS-2,
first detailed views of the Universe in Gamma-rays. COS-B carried a single
large experiment, the Gamma-Ray Telescope, which was responsibility of a
group of European research laboratories know as the
Caravane Collaboration. Launched on the 9 August 1975, COS-B was
originally projected to last two years, but it operated successfully for 6
years and 8 months. It provided the first complete map of the Galaxy in
Aug 1975 - 25 April 1982
2 keV - 5 GeV
- Magnetic-core, wire-matrix, spark chamber gamma-ray detector
(~30 MeV-5 GeV), eff. area 50 cm2 at 400 MeV
- a 2-12 keV proportional counter mounted on the side of the
Archive: Raw data, image and exposure maps from
the Gamma ray detector
- Observations of gamma-ray pulsars, binary systems.
- Gamma-ray map of the Galaxy.
- Detailed observations of the GEMINGA gamma-ray pulsar.