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Launched by the U.S. in the 1960s to monitor the Limited Nuclear
Test Ban Treaty. The satellite’s mission was to detect the
gamma rays produced during nuclear blasts. Although not intended
for astronomical studies, the Vela satellite provided useful
celestial data, detecting an unexpected blast of cosmic gamma
radiation in 1967. The satellite discovered several other
gamma-rays bursts during the years of the Vela project, which
ceased operation in 1979.
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