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INTEGRAL AO-6 Announcement
March 12, 2008
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 "INTEGRAL Announcement of
Opportunity for Observing Proposals" (AO-6), soliciting Guest Observation proposals for
ESA's INTErnational Gamma-Ray Astrophysics Laboratory (INTEGRAL). The
Announcement solicits proposals for observations to be performed during the 12-month
period from August 16, 2008 to August 15, 2009. Due to the nature of the NASA-ESA
bilateral agreement, this solicitation applies only to scientists affiliated with U.S.
institutions; others are urged to contact ESA directly. U.S. scientists may propose either
as Principal Investigators or as Co-Investigators on foreign P.I. proposals. The due date
for proposals is April 18, 2008. The AO may be accessed directly from ESA, accessible
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 address:
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. (Questions concerning
U.S. participation in the INTEGRAL AO-6 program should be addressed to
email@example.com.) 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 and NASA of
the results of the peer review during June 2008.
We anticipate that NASA will make funding available for a Guest Observer (GO)
program to support the analysis, interpretation, and publication of data obtained by U.S.
proposers granted INTEGRAL observing time through the ESA AO, but such funding
will be contingent upon endorsement of continuation of the program by the upcoming
NASA Senior Review and subsequent approval by NASA HQ. Details regarding the
timing and mechanism of any solicitation for funding requests will be announced at a
later date; please do not submit a budget with your observing proposal.
For additional technical or programmatic information regarding U.S. participation in the
INTEGRAL mission, please contact:
Dr. Steven Sturner
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Greenbelt, MD 20771
Tel: (301) 286-8447
Fax: (301) 286-1684
Dr. F. Rick Harnden, Jr.
NASA INTEGRAL Program Scientist
Science Mission Directorate, NASA Headquarters
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High Energy Astrophysics Science Archive Research Center (HEASARC)
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