National Air and Space Museum
Independence Avenue and 6th Street, SW
Milestones of Flight, Gallery 100, 1st Floor, Center Floor Plan
The work of NASA's Compton Gamma Ray Observatory, an orbiting telescope launched in 1991 from the Space Shuttle Atlantis, is the focus of this exhibit. The Observatory studies gamma rays emitted by supernovae, pulsars, black holes, and quasars. Gamma rays are a non-visible form of light created by nature's most cataclysmic events.