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AAS Electronic Announcement #176.1 — September 2007

Correction and additions to AAS Electronic Announcement #176

The meeting URL was omitted.

Letter of Intent due: 20 September 2007

NASA has issued an amendment to Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences (ROSES) entitled "Astrophysics Strategic Mission Concept Studies," for missions that may be carried out in the next decade or for which technology development funding is sought in the next decade. Study results are expected to be provided as input to the upcoming 2010 Astronomy and Astrophysics Decadal Survey. Notices of Intent to propose are due 20 September 2007, and proposals are due 20 November 2007.

As these medium-class and large-class strategic missions will ultimately be managed by a NASA Center, proposers are encouraged to partner with a NASA Center to provide overall study management, prior to submission of the proposal. To assist potential proposers, two identical workshops will be held, in College Park, MD, 4-5 October; and in Pasadena, CA, 9-10 October 2007. Proposers are not required to participate in these workshops. Attendees will learn about available NASA Center resources and how they can be used to help develop mission concepts.

More information on this proposal call may be found on the NSPIRES website,, or search for "Astrophysics Strategic Mission Concept Studies" in your web browser. For information on the pre-proposal workshops, see The NASA contact is Dr. Eric P. Smith, Astrophysics Division, Science Mission Directorate, NASA, Washington, DC 20546-0001; Telephone: (202) 358-2439;E-mail: Eric.P.Smith at


Dear AAS Members,

I have taken a position in the Physics and Astronomy Department at McMaster University. Since I am retaining my position as Editor-in-Chief of The Astrophysical Journal the ApJ office and the Managing Editor, Janice Sexton, have moved as well. Our new contact information is:

Ethan T. Vishniac

ApJ Editorial Office
McMaster University
1280 Main Street West, GSB-118C
Hamilton, Ontario L8S 4K1

apj at
Ph: 905-525-9140 Ext 21297
Fax 905-521-1143



"Seeing in the Dark," a dramatic new PBS special by award-winning journalist and author Timothy Ferris, premieres at 8 pm September 19th on most PBS stations (check local listings for exact dates and times.) It explores the delights and rewards of amateur astronomy and chronicles the contributions that amateurs are making to the science and art of astronomy. The program was produced in state-of-the-art high definition and features beautiful images and animations that range from the planets to depths of space.

Accompanying the show is a new interactive web site which is now ready for visitors:

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