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INTEGRAL: The Current Status

INTEGRAL: The Current Status

Publication date: 02 August 1998

Authors: Winkler, C.

Journal: Astrophysics Letters & Communications
Volume: 39
Page: pp.309
Year: 1999

The International Gamma-Ray Astrophysics Laboratory (INTEGRAL) is dedicated to the fine spectroscopy (Delta-E: 2 keV FWHM @ 1.3 MeV) and fine imaging (angular resolution: 12 arcmin FWHM) of celestial gamma-ray sources in the energy range 15 keV to 10 MeV with concurrent source monitoring in the X-ray (3 - 35 keV) and optical (V, 550 nm) range. The mission is conceived as an observatory led by ESA with contributions from Russia and NASA. The INTEGRAL observatory will provide to the science community at large an unprecedented combination of imaging and spectroscopy over a wide range of energies. Most of the observing time will be open to the scientific community. This paper summarises the key scientific goals of the mission, the current development status of the payload and spacecraft and it will give an overview of the science ground segment including data centre, science operations and the key elements of the observing programme

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