ESA's Cos-B, launched 9 August 1975, provided the first complete galactic survey in high-energy gamma-rays. Before this, the gamma-ray Universe had been little explored by astronomers. Designed for a 1-2 year life, it operated successfully until April 1982.
The satellite's main features are shown here. 1 [Image Date: 1974] [98.01.013-001]