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U.S. participation in INTEGRAL AO-6

October 24, 2007

Dear Colleague,

NASA is pleased to call to the attention of members of the
U.S. scientific community the release by the European Space Agency
(ESA) of the "Announcement of Opportunity for Key Programme Proposals"
for the INTEGRAL AO-6 cycle of observations.  This announcement
solicits Key Programme proposals only.  A Key Programme is a
scientific investigation that requires a significant fraction of the
total observing time, of order 1 Ms or more, to achieve its scientific
objectives.  Proposals are for observations to be performed during the
12-month period from August 16, 2008 to August 15, 2009.
U.S. scientists may propose either as Principal Investigators or as
Co-Investigators on foreign P.I. proposals.  This AO may be accessed
directly from ESA via the following address:


NASA has instituted an INTEGRAL Guest Observer Facility (GOF) at the
Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) as a support center for INTEGRAL
activities in the U.S.  Information of interest to U.S.  observers, as
well as general project information, can be found at the following


A detailed description of the mission, including instrument
capabilities, and additional information pertaining to the proposal
preparation and submission procedures, is also available via links to
the INTEGRAL home page at that address.  ESA will be responsible for
conducting a peer review of all submitted proposals, including those
from U.S. investigators, and determining the associated time
allocation.  Current plans call for ESA to notify proposers of the
results of the peer review during January 2008.

NASA funding for a program to support the analysis, interpretation,
and publication of data obtained by U.S. proposers who are granted
observing time through this ESA AO will be contingent upon the outcome
of the upcoming NASA Astrophysics Senior Review.  Details regarding
the timing and mechanism of NASA's solicitation of requests for such
support will be announced at a later date.

For additional technical or programmatic information regarding
U.S. participation in the INTEGRAL mission, please contact:

Technical Information:
			  	Dr. Steven Sturner
	  			NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
				Code 661
				Greenbelt, MD  20771
				Tel:  (301) 286-8447
				Fax:  (301) 286-1684

Programmatic Information:
				Dr. F. Rick Harnden, Jr.
				NASA INTEGRAL Program Scientist
				Astrophysics Division
				Science Mission Directorate, NASA Headquarters
				(202) 358-3809

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