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Byline: John Fleck Journal Staff Writer

Astronomers' Satellite Project To Speed Search

Ed Fenimore plans to put on a 17-year-old T-shirt Saturday.

That's how long it's been since he and a group of colleagues meeting in Santa Cruz hatched a plan for a satellite to pull back the veil on a distant region of space and time.

They called the satellite HETE the High Energy Transient Explorer and made T-shirts commemorating the event.

This Saturday, HETE will launch from an island in the South Pacific, and Fenimore and other astrophysicists hope it will change our understanding of the early history of the universe.

It would be an understatement to say the launch is being eagerly awaited by the astronomical community.

The Hubble Space Telescope has allocated 157 of its 90-minute orbits over the next year to study the objects HETE discovers, and the Very Large Array has set aside an hour a day for similar research an extraordinary amount of telescope time for the two major observatories. …

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