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ROSSI X-RAY TIMING EXPLORER GUEST OBSERVER PROGRAM

Cycle 7


AN 01-OSS-01

Release Date: June 18, 2001
Proposal Due Date: September 17, 2001

Office of Space Science
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Washington, DC 20546-0001



This Announcement solicits observing proposals for participation in the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) program to acquire and analyze scientific data from the Rossi X-ray Timing Explorer (RXTE). The primary goal of the RXTE mission is to investigate the nature and physics of compact astrophysical objects as revealed through temporal variations in their high energy emission on time scales from microseconds to years. This Announcement is the sixth for RXTE Guest Observations, and solicits proposals for observations to be carried out beginning on or around March 1, 2002. Cycle 7 is expected to last approximately 12 months.

Participation in the RXTE program is open to all categories of organizations, both domestic and foreign, including educational institutions, NASA Centers, profit and not-for-profit organizations, and other Government agencies. Observing proposals will be evaluated by scientific peer review panels with the goal of announcing the selected investigations in early 2002. Investigators whose observing proposals are chosen will receive the data which results from their proposal in a form suitable for analysis. Twelve months later, the data will be placed in a public data archive for other interested investigators.

Potential proposers should note that this Announcement is only for the selection of observing time on RXTE; no funds are available for support of selected proposals. Budgets are not to be submitted in response to this solicitation. Observers with proposals accepted through this Announcement, as well as researchers using public archival RXTE pointed data or ASM data involving no new observations, may submit funding proposals to the NASA Astrophysics Data Program (ADP). Foreign proposals accepted under this Announcement will be implemented on the customary no exchange of funds basis in which NASA and the sponsoring foreign agency will each bear the cost of discharging their respective responsibilities.

Further details relevant to this program are included in the Appendices to this Announcement. A new feature of this year's Announcement is the transition to a fully electronic proposal submission process.

This Announcement, its Appendices and supporting technical documents may be downloaded directly via the World Wide Web, or they may be obtained via anonymous FTP at the addresses given below. Individuals not having access to the Internet may request paper copies of this Announcement and reference documents at the addresses given below.

IDENTIFIER: 		AN 01-OSS-01

PROPOSAL DUE DATE: 	September 17, 2001

NUMBER REQUIRED: 	No hard copies should be submitted. Proposal
                        forms and scientific justifications should be
			submitted electronically.

DIRECT TECHNICAL        Dr. Alan Smale
QUESTIONS TO:           RXTE Guest Observer Program
			Code 662
			Building 2, Room W20C
			Goddard Space Flight Center
			National Aeronautics and Space Administration
			Greenbelt, MD 20771-0001
			USA
			TEL: 301-286-7063,     FAX: 301-286-0708
			E-mail: xtehelp@athena.gsfc.nasa.gov

OBTAIN ADDITIONAL 	Dr. Louis J. Kaluzienski
PROGRAMMATIC 		Research Program Management Division 
INFORMATION FROM:	Code SR
			Office of Space Science 
			National Aeronautics and Space Administration
			Washington, DC 20546-0001
			USA
			TEL: 202-358-0365,     FAX: 202-358-3097
			E-mail: louis.kaluzienski@hq.nasa.gov

REQUEST PRINTED 	RXTE Guest Observer Facility
APPENDICES AND		Code 662
TECHNICAL DESCRIPTION	Goddard Space Flight Center
FROM:			National Aeronautics and Space Administration
			Greenbelt, MD 20771-0001
			USA
			TEL: 301-286-7063,     FAX: 301-286-0708
			E-mail: xtehelp@athena.gsfc.nasa.gov

RETRIEVE APPENDICES ELECTRONICALLY FROM:

Your interest and cooperation in participating in the RXTE Guest Observer Program are appreciated.







Alan N. Bunner
Science Program Director
Structure and Evolution of the Universe
Office of Space Science

Appendix A: RXTE Guest Observer Program Mission Description

Appendix B: (not required for this Announcement.)

Appendix C: Information for Proposers Regarding Proposal Submission, Evaluation, Selection, and Implementation

Appendix D: Filling out RXTE Proposal Forms