Integral is the first space observatory that can simultaneously observe objects in gamma rays, X-rays and visible light. Its principal targets are violent explosions known as gamma-ray bursts, powerful phenomena such as supernova explosions, and regions in the Universe thought to contain black holes.
The satellite was launched on 17 October 2002. Since then, it has helped scientists make great strides in understanding the gamma-ray universe.
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Last update: 23 October 2007