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MISSION UPDATE: SWIFT

They occur approximately once per day; brief, intense, powerful explosions of gamma ray radiation of the likes not seen since the Big Bang. They are called Gamma-ray bursts and, scientists are somewhat mystified as to their cause. Do they signal the birth of a black hole in a massive stellar explosion? Are they the product of two colliding neutron stars, or is there something else that prompts this intriguing phenomenon?
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