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The Compton Gamma-Ray Observatory is released from space shuttle Atlantis' robotic arm during the STS-35 mission. For nearly nine years, the observatory's Burst and Transient Source Experiment kept an unblinking watch on the universe to alert scientists to the invisible, mysterious gamma-ray bursts that had puzzled them for decades. By studying gamma-rays from objects like black holes, pulsars, quasars, neutron stars, and other exotic objects, scientists discovered clues to the birth,...
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/shuttle/flyout/multimedia/atlantis/1991-04-01.html