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GLAST launching NOW! June 11, 2008

Posted by dorigo in astronomy, cosmology, internet, news, science.
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You can see here (click on the “media channel” button on the right panel) a streaming video of the launch of GLAST. It is going on now! Good luck to a mission that has potential to discover gamma ray sources in the universe and shed light on dark matter and a number of other unsolved questions in astrophysics and cosmology…

UPDATE: Launch time scheduled is now 12.05 – still 15 minutes to go! The NASA site is showing a unnerving video of the rocket waiting to be ignited…


1. island - June 11, 2008

You can see here…

Or I could just walk outside and look up…

And it was AWESOME!!… 😉

2. island - June 11, 2008

Now if I could only learn how to close my tags… 😦

3. jtankers - June 11, 2008

I see that the GLAST telescope has been launched today.

How much time might be required before analysis of GLAST data might indicate proof or rejection of Hawking Radiation theory?

This could be critical in determining the safety of the Large Hadron Collider, due to begin collisions later this year.

Unlike what CERN tells the public, the Large Hadron Collider Safety Assessment Group (LSAG) writes that current safety arguments are not valid proof of safety. Micro black holes might be created by the Large Hadron Collider, they might not evaporate, they might grow quickly and we have not been damaged by cosmic rays because cosmic rays pass harmlessly through Earth. CERN also tells the public that a new safety report has been completed, but so far the final report has not been released for review by world’s scientists.

The legal complaint before US Federal Court in Hawaii demands 4 months to review this safety report and a permanent injunction if safety can not be assured to within reasonable industry standards. First hearing is scheduled for June 16, 2008.

Learn more at LHCFacts.org

4. dorigo - June 11, 2008


you cannot take an argument you learned from divulgation magazines and quote only parts of it for your own purpose. If black holes were produced by cosmic rays (and so if LHC could produce them) they would destroy white dwarfs and neutron stars, which we see aplenty in the sky.

Please use your time in a better way than to diffuse false notions and fight the advancement of science. If you really want hits in your site, why not putting some porn videos there ? Please do not bother telling me you dislike porn – I dislike much more your action against LHC, and find it much, much worse morally.


5. island - June 11, 2008

It will be very cool if they can pinpoint the source and cause of gamma ray bursts.

6. Kea - June 12, 2008

Tommaso, to be honest, I am a bit tired of this LHC-safety-case bashing. Even given all the usual reasonable arguments, how sure are you that you have accounted for all your hidden assumptions? I’m a theorist, and the only I thing I know for sure is that NOBODY knows what we’ll see at the LHC.

7. dorigo - June 12, 2008

Hi Kea,

do you really mean to say that you flank those who try to stop the advancement of science on the basis of unscientific claims they’ve learned on discovery channel TV ?

I am of course unable to be sure of what the LHC will produce, if black holes or red dragons. But I am sure that the advancement of science calls for boldness in opening door leading into the unknown. And I am in favor of the small risks the package includes.

The question, to me, is not whether the risk is zero or tiny. It is whether we must insist for rationality in our choices or be led by hysteria. And I have my own answer. Therefore I will, sorry, insist in bashing these clowns whenever they pester this site with their oddities.


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9. island - June 12, 2008

CERN also tells the public that a new safety report has been completed, but so far the final report has not been released for review by world’s scientists.

That’s because the producer’s of “Lost” get first review… duh.

10. dorigo - June 12, 2008

Island, I think it will be ready in a couple of weeks. Will let you know.

11. island - June 12, 2008

Thanks Tommaso, but I’ve come to the conclusion that we need to light it up, (even is there were some significant amount of calculated risk), in order to *hopefully* curb the runaway tendency in science that causes one to believe that ‘extra dimensions are no more “speculative” than the hypothesis that there are no extra dimensions’.

There was a time when this wouldn’t even be considered to be scientific without very strong supporting empirical evidence, but it has become a free-for-all to see who can out-fantasize everybody else, and I’d just as soon see ya blow up the whole damned universe, as to endure this kind of logic-insulting crap any longer.

“The Bitch” owns you anyway, so do what she’s telling you to do… 😉

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