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The Organization of the HEASARC ActivitiesThe HEASARC Goddard activities are part of the Office of Guest Investigator Programs, OGIP, within the Astrophysics Science Division at the Goddard Space Flight Center. Placing the HEASARC within a division that has an active role in providing instruments for many high energy missions ensures that active scientists are involved with expertise close at hand on the instrument characteristics. The OGIP also administers the GLAST Science Support Center, the Swift Science Support Center, and the Guest Observer Facilities for Integral, RXTE, Suzaku (Astro-E2), and XMM-Netwon. It is a misconception that these data centers are part of the HEASARC. They are instead sister organizations that leverage off the HEASARC core services. The objective of the OGIP is to provide uniform and high quality support to the user community which it serves.
Since 1999, the HEASARC has been a partnership between GSFC and SAO. The SAO part of the HEASARC is in the High Energy Astrophysics Division of the Center for Astrophysics, which also contains the Chandra Science Center, the Spectrum X-Gamma Coordination Facility, and expertise in the Einstein, Uhuru, and HEAO-1 missions.
External oversight is provided by the HEASARC Users Group, which
comprises a number of external scientists who meet annually to provide
feedback and advise the HEASARC director.
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