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An artist's conception of the Gamma satellite.

An artist's conception of the Gamma satellite. (Credit: Soviet Space Program)

Lifetime: July 1990 - February 1992 (spacecraft out of orbit)

Country (primary): Soviet Union

Primary Science

The Gamma Satellite was designed to perform observations of cosmic gamma-ray sources.

Science Highlights

  • Studied the Vela pulsar, the galactic center region, the Cygnus binaries, the Heming gamma source in Taurus, and Her X-1
  • Gathered data from the high-energy emissions of the Sun during peak solar activity

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A service of the High Energy Astrophysics Science Archive Research Center (HEASARC), Dr. Alan Smale (Director), within the Astrophysics Science Division (ASD) at NASA/GSFC

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