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Suzaku Guest Observer Facility

The Suzaku Mission
(formerly Astro-E2)
(Launched 2005 July 10)

Suzaku is Japan's fifth X-ray astronomy mission, and was developed at the Institute of Space and Astronautical Science of Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (ISAS/JAXA) in collaboration with U.S. (NASA/GSFC, MIT) and Japanese institutions. Suzaku covers the energy range 0.2 - 600 keV with the two instruments, X-ray CCDs (X-ray Imaging Spectrometer; XIS), and the hard X-ray detector (HXD). Suzaku also carries a third instrument, an X-ray micro-calorimeter (X-ray Spectrometer; XRS), but the XRS lost all its cryogen before routine scientific observations could begin.

The U.S. Suzaku Guest Observer Facility (GOF) is located at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. The GOF is part of the Office of General Investigator Programs (OGIP) in the Astrophysics Science Division (ASD).

The primary responsibility of the U.S. Suzaku GOF is to enable U.S. astronomers to make the best use of the Suzaku mission. To fulfill this responsibility, the Suzaku GOF staff performs such activities as supporting the U.S. side of the Suzaku proposal selection process, distributing usable data to U.S. Guest Observers, helping Guest Observers to analyze their data, and creating the mission archive.

In addition to the tasks listed above, the U.S. Suzaku GOF activities include the development of software, the compilation and production of documentation for that software, and the provision of expert help. All of the U.S. Suzaku GOF's activities involve close collaboration with the Japanese Suzaku team.

Suzaku in flight

Latest News
  • Recovery effort for Suzaku after communication failure (19 Jun 2015)
    Communication with Suzaku has become intermittent since June 1, preventing normal operations. Recovery effort continues.
  • Suzaku Cycle 10 Target List Available (21 Apr 2015)
    The list of accepted Suzaku AO-10 targets is now available.
  • Suzaku AO-10 released (11 Dec 2014)
    AO-10 proposals, for XIS observations between 2015 May-Oct, are due on 2015 February 3.
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