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Session 81 - IDEA's in Astronomy.
Oral session, Thursday, June 13
Astronomy is quite unique among the sciences with regards to the large community of amateur scientists that has always played a significant role in advancing the field -- as enthusiastic advocates, educators, and in some cases as researchers. In recognition of this unique situation, the Space Telescope Science Institute has conducted an amateur program whereby a few amateur astronomers have been awarded Director's Discretionary time to conduct their own observations with the Hubble Space Telescope (HST). Although not a part of STScI's formal amateur program, many other amateur astronomers have also played supporting roles in HST research programs by monitoring targets and conducting coordinated ground-based observations, etc, for HST General Observers. We will discuss the past, present, and possible futures of amateur involvement in the HST mission, and the consequences for HST-related research, education and outreach.
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