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AAS Electronic Notification Service - Announcement #40 6/97

[Mailed from aas.org at 10 June 1997 - 10:20 am]

CONTENTS

  1. IAU POSTER REGISTRATION DEADLINE
  2. CONTACTING CONGRESS
  3. ASCA GUEST OBSERVER PROGRAM
  4. ASTROPHYSICS THEORY PROGRAM
  5. NEW FITS USER'S GUIDE AVAILABLE

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1. IAU 23rd General Assembly, Kyoto, Japan, 17-30 August 1997
From LOC News Letter No.8 (5 June 1997)

15 JUNE DEADLINE for Poster Paper Registration

To assure publication and space assignment of poster papers, at least one of the authors must complete the meeting registration form and pay the regisration fee by 15 June 1997.

IAU Home Page: http://www.tenmon.or.jp/iau97/

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2. CONTACTING CONGRESS

Thanks to all the U.S. members who responded to the recent AAS Public Policy Announcement by writing to their Congressmen. If you haven't done so yet, it would still be helpful and appropriate to do so. The address of Juan Cabanela's Contacting the Congress Web page lacked one character. The correct address for this excellent page is:

http://www.visi.com/~juan/congress

In the message of 2 June, the "~" was left out.

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3. ASCA GUEST OBSERVER PROGRAM PROPOSAL DUE DATE: 13 August 1997

The NASA Office of Space Science (OSS) has released an Announcement (AN 97-OSS-02) that solicits proposals for participation in the NASA OSS program to acquire and analyze scientific data from the ASCA satellite. This announcement is the sixth announcement for the ASCA Guest Observer Program and solicits proposals for observations during the U.S. and collaborative U.S./Japan observing time beginning in December 1997 and lasting twelve months. Only investigators affiliated with U.S. institutions may propose. Participation in this program is open to all categories of organizations, including educational institutions, NASA Centers, profit and nonprofit organizations, and other U.S. Government agencies.

This Announcement may be downloaded directly from the World Wide Web site: http://www.hq.nasa.gov/office/oss by selecting "Research Opportunities." Printed copies may be requested by E-mail to ascanra@athena.gsfc.nasa.gov or from the ASCA Guest Observer Facility, Code 660.2, NASA/Goddard Space  Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD 20771; phone (301) 286-2291. Obtain  additional programmatic information from Dr. Paul Hertz, Code SR, NASA  Headquarters, Washington, DC 20546-0001; phone (202) 358-0351;  E-mail paul.hertz@hq.nasa.gov

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4. ASTROPHYSICS THEORY PROGRAM
NRA 97-0SS-12
Notices of Intent are due 25 July 1997

NASA's Office of Space Science solicits proposals for research in support of the ongoing and future Research and Analysis Program of Astrophysics Theory Program. This program seeks to address problems in space astrophysics including the subdisciplines of infrared and radio astrophysics, ultraviolet and visible astrophysics, high energy astrophysics, relativity and gravitational astrophysics, and, new this
year, cosmic ray/particle astrophysics.

Participation is open to all categories of organizations, foreign and domestic, including industry, educational institutions, nonprofit organizations, NASA centers, and other Government agencies. This solicitation will be open through 15 September 1997; proposals may be submitted throughout this period. Notices of Intent are due 25 July  1997. Specific guidelines for proposal preparation is available
electronically from the World Wide Web site http://www.hq.nasa.gov/office/oss under "Research Opportunities," or  by hardcopy from: Karen Davis, Ref. NRA 97-OSS-XX, Jorge Scientific Corporation, 400 Virginia Ave., S.W., Suite 700, Washington, D.C.  20024; FAX: 202-554-3042; E-mail: Karen.Davis@hq.nasa.gov.

This notice constitutes a NASA Research Announcement as contemplated in FAR 6.102 (d) (2).

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5. NEW VERSION OF USER'S GUIDE AVAILABLE FROM FITS SUPPORT OFFICE

Version 4.0 of the NASA/ADF FITS Support Office User's Guide to the Flexible Image Transport System (FITS) is now available, in LaTeX, PostScript, and gzipped PostScript formats. Printed copies also can be ordered. This new version is a major revision of the User's Guide.
The BINTABLE and IMAGE extensions and the physical blocking agreement are now treated as fundamental FITS constructs. Descriptions have been added of many conventions used by different groups, some of which have been proposed to the community for general use. The discussion of  world coordinates reflects the evolution of the proposals and  community discussion since the previous version of the User's Guide was issued. Three sample headers have been added. Other sections of the text also have been revised.

The User's Guide is available electronically from ftp://nssdc.gsfc.nasa.gov/pub/fits/users_guide.*, where * is tex for the LaTeX version, ps for the PostScript version and ps.gz for the gzipped PostScript version. The guide.sty style file must be used to run the LaTeX version.

Printed copies can be obtained from the Coordinated Request and User Support Office (CRUSO), open 8:00 A.M. to 4:30 P. M. U. S. Eastern
Time.

request@nssdca.gsfc.nasa.gov +1-301-286-6695 (has phone mail)

Coordinated Request and User Support Office
Code 633,
National Space Science Data Center
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Greenbelt, Maryland 20771

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