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AAS Electronic Notification Service - Announcement #32

AAS Electronic Notification Service - Announcement #32 11/96
[Mailed from aas.org at 11/13/96 11:37am]
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CONTENTS

  1. Proposals Due for Topical Sessions at the AAS 1997 Summer Meeting
  2. New NSSDC User Survey
  3. New Millennium Program Integrated Product Development Team Membership Solicitation
  4. The Next Generation Space Telescope
  5. Third Annual Pre-college Education Workshop for Scientists

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1. PROPOSALS DUE FOR TOPICAL SESSIONS AT THE AAS 1997 SUMMER MEETING

The deadline for the Winston-Salem meeting topical sessions is Friday, 15 November. Sessions may be one-half to one and one-half days long with each half day about 3 hours, 15 min. They will be scheduled on Tuesday or Wednesday and there will be no more than three in parallel. Proposals should have as much information as is available, but it is not necessary to have confirmations from all speakers. The sessions may be all invited or partially contributed and accompanying poster sessions are recommended. If you are planning on submitting a proposal, and are having a problem meeting the deadline, please contact Diana Alexander (diana@aas.org) in the Executive Office as it may be possible to accept it on Monday.

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2. NEW NSSDC USER SURVEY
Joe King, Head NSSDC

The National Space Science Data Center at NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center has initiated a new survey of present and potential users of its data and services. The survey solicits both user satisfaction levels and suggestions for changes in its services and interfaces which would make NSSDC more effective and useful to its users. This announcement earnestly solicits feedback from the astronomical community. The survey form is on the Web at http://nssdc.gsfc.nasa.gov/nssdc/survey.html.

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3. NEW MILLENNIUM PROGRAM INTEGRATED PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT TEAM MEMBERSHIP SOLICITATION
Gerald T. O'Connell, JPL

NASA's New Millennium Program (NMP) is solicitating proposals for new members to supplement the presently established NMP Integrated Product Development Teams. These teams are responsible for identifying, recommending and delivering advanced technologies for NMP space validation flights.

The solicitation information is posted under "New Events" of the NMP home page

http://nmp.jpl.nasa.gov/

Note that this information is time critical, as proposals are due 18 November 1996.

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4. THE NEXT GENERATION SPACE TELESCOPE
John Mather (GSFC) and Peter Stockman (STScI)

The Next Generation Space Telescope (NGST) study responds to the HST & Beyond report (Dressler et al., 1996, avail. STScI), which calls for 1) continued HST operations for visible and UV, 2) an IR telescope to examine the origins of galaxies and stars, with a strong guest investigator program, and 3) interferometers to find and obtain thermal IR spectra of extrasolar planets. At the AAS meeting in January 1996, NASA Administrator D. Goldin announced that NASA would study 2) with an aperture much larger than 4 m. The first results are at

http://saturn1.hst.nasa.gov/ngst

and a formal report is in preparation. E. Weiler sponsors NGST as part of the Origins theme at NASA HQ. P. Stockman and J. Mather chair a volunteer science team, and R. Kennicutt chairs a scientific review panel. B. Seery at GSFC manages the study, and ESA is participating. Comments and recommendations to john.mather@gsfc.nasa.gov or stockman@stsci.edu.
are welcome.

It appears feasible to build a radiatively cooled 8 m telescope with a deployable segmented primary mirror, launched by 2007 on an Atlas IIAS class expendable vehicle to the Lagrange point L2, and covering 1-5 microns. With a sensitivity of K_AB = 31, it could observe supernovae at z<12, the initial burst of star formation in globular clusters to z=15, the objects that ionize the intergalactic medium to z=30, and the formation of galaxies and clusters of galaxies to z=30. For point sources the NGST could be 100 times faster than HST. It would include wide field diffraction limited cameras and low to medium resolution multiobject spectrometers. Shorter and longer wavelength coverage (with a goal of 0.5 to 20 microns), and additional instruments, are under evaluation.

In today's climate the mission is impossible unless the cost is much less than that of Hubble or AXAF. The systems engineering and technology development to support the development are formidable but not unprecedented. Teams led by GSFC and the STScI, by TRW, and by Lockheed-Martin found that a budget of $500 M (FY96 units) could be sufficient for the construction (phase C/D), but only if the design is complete, the technology is ready, and major errors are avoided. Space flight demonstration for key technologies may be required. The next steps are to define the scientific requirements and to start systems engineering and concept development through multiple competitively selected contracts, beginning early in 1997.

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5. THIRD ANNUAL PRE-COLLEGE EDUCATION WORKSHOP FOR SCIENTISTS
Tentatively Scheduled for 23 - 26 FEBRUARY 1997
Boulder, Colorado
Paul B. Dusenbery (Space Science Inst.) and Ramon E. Lopez (U. Maryland)


The four-day Workshop includes discussions and activities led by presenters who are experts on topics such as the current state of pre-college science education, cognitive development in children, elements of an effective science education program, and effective collaboration with schools. Presenters will be primarily professionals from the education community,
but will also consist of two to three individuals from the scientific research community. The number of workshop participants is limited to  40 persons. The registration fee is $200.

For request of an application packet: 22 November 1996

For more information and application packets, please contact:

Elizabeth Cantrell
Space Science Institute
1234 Innovation Drive, Suite 294
Boulder, CO 80303-7814
Phone: (303)492-3627
Fax: (303)492-3789
Email: Elizabeth.Cantrell@colorado.edu

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