The INTErnational Gamma-Ray Astrophysics Laboratory
was launched in October 2002 aboard a Russian Proton rocket, and is
providing a new insight into the most violent and exotic objects of the
Universe, such as neutron stars, active galactic nuclei and
supernovae. INTEGRAL is also helping us to understand processes such as
the formation of new chemical elements and the mysterious gamma-ray
bursts, the most energetic phenomena in the Universe. Environments of
extreme temperature and density, near the event-horizons of black holes,
are a major topic of study with INTEGRAL.
These studies are possible thanks to INTEGRAL's combination of fine
spectroscopy and imaging of gamma-ray emissions in the energy range of 15 keV
to 10 MeV (using the SPI and IBIS instruments) and concurrent monitoring in
the X-ray band (4-35 keV) using JEM-X, and in the optical (500-600 nm) band,
using the OMC.
A project of the European Space Agency
INTEGRAL, serves an international Guest Observer
community. Participation by U.S. astronomers was
supported by a Guest Observer Facility (GOF) at the NASA/Goddard Space
Flight Center (GSFC) from the mission start until October 2010. Since
then, the mirroring of the European INTEGRAL Public Data Archive into
the HEASARC has been continued by the HEASARC.
Latest INTEGRAL News
Neil Gehrels (1952-2017)
Dr. Neil Gehrels, INTEGRAL Mission Scientist, passed away February 6, 2017 surrounded by his family.
Neil was the Chief of the Astroparticle Physics Laboratory
at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, a member of the National Academy of Sciences, of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a
honorary fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society. Neil was a driving force behind NASA'a involvement in the INTEGRAL mission and he worked
tirelessly for its success. He will be greatly missed by his friends and colleagues.
15th INTEGRAL Announcement of Opportunity (21 Mar 2017)
The ESA Director of Science and Robotic Exploration (Prof. Alvaro Giménez Cañete) has released the 15th Announcement of
Opportunity for observing proposals with INTEGRAL.
The deadline for proposal submission is March 31, 2017.
Additional information can be found on the
ESA INTEGRAL website.
Two-Year Extension for ESA-led Missions (7 Dec 2016)
ESA's Science Programme Committee (SPC) has confirmed two-year extensions for nine scientific missions including
INTEGRAL and XMM-Newton. This secures their operation until the end of 2018.
INTEGRAL AO-14 General Program Approved (28 Jun 2016)
The INTEGRAL AO-14 General Program, as recommended by
the Time Allocation Committee (TAC) and approved by ESA's Director of
Science and Robotic Exploration (Prof. Alvaro Gimenez), has been
released and the observers have been informed.
INTEGRAL Picture of the Month archive
Latest INTEGRAL Newsletter
Latest ISDC Newsletter
INTEGRAL News & Science Results
Publications (ESA list)
INTEGRAL Public Data Archive Status
The HEASARC mirror to the INTEGRAL Public Data Archive now contains data through the March 10, 2017
public data release (revolution 1644). It also contains all data from recent observations for which
the PI has allowed the data to be made public earlier than the 1 year proprietary period.
The next scheduled public data release is March 25, 2017.
ISDC Public Data Release Schedule.
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