News FocusGAMMA RAY BURSTS

HETE-2, in Business at Last

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Science  30 Nov 2001:
Vol. 294, Issue 5548, pp. 1817
DOI: 10.1126/science.294.5548.1817a

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When NASA's High-Energy Transient Explorer 2 (HETE-2) went up on 9 October 2000, astronomers who hoped to search for optical afterglows eagerly awaited a stream of gamma ray burst localizations: precise sky positions, nailed down within seconds after a burst. But it took almost a year for the small satellite to get down to business. The first "HETE afterglow" was found only last month.