Celebrating Ten Years of Integral Science Space Wallpaper
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This week, ESA’s Integral space observatory celebrates ten years since launch on Oct. 17, 2002 in this space wallpaper.
Integral, short for International Gamma-Ray Astrophysics Laboratory, is equipped with two gamma-ray telescopes, an X-ray monitor and an optical camera. All four of Integral’s instruments point simultaneously at the same region of the sky to make complementary observations of high-energy sources.
Integral is often bathed in gamma-ray bursts, the death cries of massive stars that have burned up their fuel and exploded as a dramatic supernova, blasting high-energy radiation through the Solar System on a near-daily basis.