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ROSAT AO8 announcement
Date: Tue, 18 Mar 1997 8:05:33 -0500 (EST)
Subject: ROSAT STATUS REPORT #150: ROSAT AO8 announcement
NASA expects to release the announcement soliciting observations for the
eighth round of ROSAT guest observations by April 1, 1997. Targets
accepted during this round will be observed during the year commencing
around November 10, 1997. Proposals will be due on June 16, 1997.
There will be no funding directly associated with AO8. As recommended by
the 1996 NASA Senior Review, funding to support ROSAT investigations, as
well as those using other mature missions (such as ASCA) is to be sought via
the NASA Astrophysics Data Program (ADP). Funding for ROSAT AO8
observations will not be available through the current ADP solicitation
(proposals due May 29, 1997), but through the next one, which should be
released around the end of this year.
Proposers should be aware of the distinct possibility that this will
be the final call for ROSAT observing proposals. Financial constraints on the
space programs of the three participating countries (Germany, US, UK) may
render impossible the continuation of the ROSAT mission beyond 1998.
Accordingly, the proposal review panel will be instructed to select
proposals that ensure the completion of existing programs and the
observation of all vital targets in preference over those seeking to
initiate new large programs.
As has been the case in the past, proposal text is limited to four pages,
no more than three of which can be text. Proposal forms must be generated
by the Remote Proposal Submission (RPS) software, and submitted both
electronically and on paper. Electronic submission of proposal text is not
All information and tools necessary for responding to this announcement
can be obtained via the ROSAT Guest Observer Facility WWW site.
includes access to RPS and other observation planning software (pimms,
coco, viewing) and the appendices to the announement.