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Second ASCA AO
SOLICITATION FOR THE ASCA GUEST OBSERVER PROGRAM
This NASA Research Announcement (NRA) solicits basic research proposals
for participation in the National Aeronautics and Space Administration
(NASA) program for analysis of scientific data from ASCA (formerly the
Astro-D satellite). The ASCA mission is a cooperative X-ray astronomy
program between the United States and Japan. It was launched February
20, 1993. ["Asuka," which means "Flying Bird," is pronounced As'ka,
which led to the pun ASCA, standing for Advanced Satellite for Cosmology
and Astrophysics.] After the initial performance verification (PV)
phase, which is expected to end about October 15, 1993, approximately 15
percent of the observing time is allocated to the United States, and an
additional 25 percent is allocated to joint Japan/U.S. investigations.
This NRA solicits proposals for observations during the U.S. and
collaborative Japan/U.S. observing time that will begin about April 15,
1994, and last for 6 months; following this period, further
opportunities are expected at regular intervals. This NRA also permits
requests for workstations to aid the proposed scientific investigation.
Letters of Intent to Propose are not required.
DUE TO THE NATURE OF THE JAPAN/U.S. BILATERAL AGREEMENT ON ASTRO-D, ONLY
INVESTIGATORS AFFILIATED WITH U.S. INSTITUTIONS MAY PARTICIPATE IN THIS
The intent of this program is to enhance U.S.-Japanese scientific
cooperation, in keeping with the bilateral agreement between the U.S.
and Japan. Participation is open to all categories of organizations,
including educational institutions, NASA Centers, profit and not-for-
profit organizations, and other Government agencies. Proposals may be
submitted at any time during the period ending February 1, 1994; those
received after that date will be held for the next review cycle, planned
for approximately 6 months after the present cycle. Proposals will be
evaluated by scientific peer-review panels and other national and
international review committees, with a goal of announcing selection by
Investigators whose proposals are selected will have proprietary use of
their data for 12 months after receipt of the data in usable form, after
which time the data will be made available to other interested
Funds for awards under this NRA are expected to be available subject to
the annual NASA budget cycle. The Government's obligation to make
awards is contingent upon the availability of appropriated funds from
which payment for award purposes can be made and the receipt of
proposals which the Government determines are acceptable for award under
Further details relevant to the ASCA Observer Program are included in
the appendices, described briefly below. Unlike some other NRA's, YOU
MUST REQUEST ALL THE APPENDICES - either by mail, electronic mail,
telephone, or FAX (see addresses and numbers following).
A: ASCA Program Description.
B: Guidelines for Responding to NASA Research Announcements.
C: Additional Information Regarding Proposal Submission, Evaluation,
Selection, and Implementation.
D: Forms. Cover Page, General Form, Budget Form. Target Form.
E: ASCA Technical Description.
F: List of observations planned for the Performance Verification
Appendix A gives an overview of the mission and describes the observing
opportunity. Appendix B contains general instructions for responding to
NASA Research Announcements. Appendix C, which supersedes and augments
Appendix B, provides additional, mission-specific information on
proposal submission and subsequent evaluation, selection, and
implementation; the information in Appendix C applies to this NRA only.
Appendix D contains forms needed to prepare proposals responding to this
NRA. Appendix E presents a detailed description of the mission and
gives information on using ASCA as an astronomical observatory.
Appendix F lists targets planned for the calibration and verification
phase in the first 7 months following launch, plus those targets
selected in the first review period (AO 1). The most up-to-date version
of Appendix F is available electronically.
Requests for the appendices should be submitted soon to receive them
early in the proposal preparation period. We also request your help in
correcting our mailing lists. If your address has changed, please use
the enclosed form to update the mailing list used by the NASA Office of
Dr. Alan N. Bunner
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
300 E Street, S.W.
Washington, DC 20546 USA
Telephone: 202-358-0340; Fax 202-358-3096
Electronic Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
IDENTIFIER: NRA 93-OSS-08
The appendices should be obtained from the ASCA Guest Observer Facility.
Any technical questions should also be addressed to:
Dr. Nicholas E. White
ASCA Guest Observer Facility
Goddard Space Flight Center
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Greenbelt, Maryland 20771
Telephone: 301-286-8443; Fax 301-286-1684
Electronic mail: email@example.com
SUBMIT PROPOSALS TO:
NASA HEA ASCA Program
Ref: NRA 93-OSS-08
Astrophysics Proposal Control Office
9705 Patuxent Woods Drive
Columbia, MD 21046 USA
SUBMIT PROPOSALS BY: February 1, 1994
NUMBER REQUIRED: 20 Copies of all Scientific and Cost Sections bound
together in one document
Director, Astrophysics Division
Office of Space Science
NASA appreciates your interest and cooperation in participating
in the ASCA Guest Observer Program.
Wesley T. Huntress, Jr
Associate Administrator for Space Science