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AAS Electronic Notification Service - Announcement #8


  1. IUE Proposals
  2. Message to Simbad Users
  3. NASA Astrophysics Theory Program
  4. Mars Surveyor Annoucement Due Shortly
  5. NASA Released XTE Research Announcement
  6. VSOP Space VLBI Mission Proposer Workshops
  7. Binary Stars in Clusters Symposium
  8. Conference on Astrophysical Sources of Gravitational Waves
  9. NASA UV, Visible, and Gravitational Astrophysics
  10. Phone Numbers for ApJ Office Updated


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NASA, ESA and PPARC are pleased to announce the 19th observing episode of the International Ultraviolet Explorer (IUE). The 19th episode will place emphasis on key science programs; we estimate that approximately half of the available time will be awarded to key projects for the full year of observations. The episode will start on or around 1 October 1995 and end 30 September 1996 for the NASA science program.

Potential proposers should be aware of important changes in the manner and mode of observatory operations after 1 October 1995. Printed copies of the IUE proposal package will be available within a few days. An electronic copy of the full Announcement of Opportunity (AO) is available through anonymous ftp at (IP address in the directory pub/proposal. It is also available on the World Wide Web from the IUE Project page (URL=  Follow the link label "IUE 19th Episode Proposal Instructions"  (URL=

The due date for proposals is close of business on 22 May 1995. For more information please contact Dr. Donald West, IUE Operations Scientist at (301) 286-6901, or Dr. Andrew Michalitsianos (301) 286-6177, or by e-mail



The CDS in Strasbourg, France, owners of SIMBAD, announced that, starting in January 1995, European users would be supported by ESA and ESO, at a flat rate for service. It would appear that this access would literally be "free." A similar arrangement has been in place in the U.S. for about six years, giving access to astronomers by way of the SAO Gateway in Cambridge, Mass., and supported by NASA. Some astronomers may be unaware of the fact that they are not getting "a free lunch," as their usage is paid by NASA.

Many U.S. readers of the Web announcement are unaware of this arrangement, and the CDS has been inundated with applications from the U.S. -- all of which must be routed back to SAO for processing. If you would like to have your own access to SIMBAD, please send e-mail to:SIMBAD@CFA.HARVARD.EDU

and we will send you an online application form, followed by instructions, etc. No need to cross the Atlantic ... we do it for you!


3. NASA's Astrophysics Theory Program

By James Schombert, JPL/NASA HQ and Guenter Riegler, NASA HQ

The NASA Astrophysics Theory Program supports efforts to develop the basic theory needed for NASA's Space Astrophysics program. This program seeks to address theoretical problems in Space Astrophysics which are either broadly applicable across Astrophysics, or narrowly focused on a particular subdiscipline of Space Astrophysics (e.g., Ultraviolet and Visible
Astrophysics, Infrared and Radio Astrophysics, High Energy Astrophysics). Participation in this program is open to all categories of organizations including educational institutions, profit and nonprofit organizations, NASA Centers, and other Government agencies. Proposals may be submitted at any time during the period ending April 20, 1995. The proposal deadline will be adhered to strictly, and proposals received after April 20, 1995, will be held for the next review cycle which will commence in 1996. Proposals will be evaluated by scientific peer review panels with the goal of announcing selection in June 1995, and with availability of funds tentatively scheduled for July 1995 (subject to the NASA budget cycle).

Further details relevant to this program are available from our ftp site, The command "ftp" should be issued from the users machine. The user will then be prompted for a user name (use "anonymous") and a password (please use your own host name). ASCII and Postscript files for the Research Announcement, cover pages, budget forms, and the electronic submission form are located in the directory "/pub/NRAs/ATP/95-OSS-02". In addition, a file named "README.txt" resides in this directory and gives detailed instructions.



1998 Mars Surveyor
(From NASA Dear Colleague Letter dated March 23, 1995, the Dear Colleague Letter has been updated but we do not have that copy. An Announcement of Opportunity is expected about May 1, 1995.)

NASA will be soliciting for the 1998 Mars Surveyor, science payload for the lander and a small imaging system for the orbiter. A briefing on the anticipated capabilities has been scheduled for April 10, 1995, at the Lockheed Martin Astronautics (LMA) Waterton facilities near Denver, CO. The LMA plant is a controlled access facility, contact Cindy Faulconer (303-977-9277, or Marc Odefey (303-977-7782) for a visitor's pass. Felton Jones (JPL, 818-354-4693) will momentarily have descriptive material on the orbiter and lander available electronically. Send an e-mail message to Ms. Faulconer and you will receive access information as soon as it's available.


5. XTE NRA released by NASA HQ

NASA Headquarters has now officially released the Research Announcement soliciting proposals for scientific investigations using XTE. Proposals for observing time are due April 27, 1995.
The text of the Announcement, plus the Appendices A through E, can be obtained from the anonymous FTP account at

in PostScript format. A list of the Appendices and contents can be found at the end of this message.

Hardcopies of Appendices A-E, and also the Technical Appendix which was released in December, may be requested by sending Email to; any questions about the XTE proposal process or software should also be directed to this e-mail address.

The proposal review procedure will be conducted in two stages for XTE. Budgets and institutional signatures are not required until after the scientific and technical evaluation (scheduled for July).


6. Proposer Workshops for the VSOP Space VLBI Mission

VSOP will be launched by the Japanese Institute of Space and Astronautical Science (ISAS) in August/September 1996. Observations will be supported by NASA/JPL and NRAO. The VSOP radio telescope will have a diameter of 8 meters,operating at 1.6, 4.8, and 22 GHz (18, 6, and 1.3 cm, respectively), and will be placed in an elliptical orbit with an apogee altitude of approximately 22,000 km. giving a resolution as fine as 70 microarcseconds.

An open Announcement of Opportunity (AO) is scheduled for release by ISAS in May of this year, with proposals due about six months later. In early June a series of workshops will be held to aid potential proposers. The workshops will focus on the mission details, how to obtain the best science, how to submit successful proposals, and what help is available to proposers. The tentative schedule for the workshops is:

Caltech Pasadena, CA Monday, June 5
Center for Astrophysics Cambridge, MA Wednesday, June 7
Space Telescope Science Inst. Baltimore, MD Friday, June 9
AAS Meeting Pittsburgh, PA Tuesday, June 13

For those interested in further information on the workshops, please monitor the JPL Space VLBI Project Home Page on the World Wide Web (, send e-mail to, or subscribe to our electronic newsletter by sending e-mail to with the single word SUBSCRIBE on the first line of the message.)

For more information on the mission you may also stop by our booth in the AAS meeting in Pittsburgh.




Information on the scientific program, abstract and paper submission, meeting justification, registration and accommodations are available from: and and from WWW pages:

Topics include:
The search for duplicity in clusters and associations
[Keynote address by Helmut Abt];
Techniques and surveys (J. Kaluzny, D. Latham, M. Mayor, R. Mathieu,
M. Mateo, H. Richer, J.-C. Mermilliod);
Binaries as probes of cluster evolution (A. Gimenez, S. Rucinski);
Globular cluster environments (E.S. Phinney);
Extragalactic binaries (G. Hill, R. Hilditch, E.F. Guinan);
Evolution of binaries in clusters (H. Zinnecker, J.E. Pringle, C. Clarke,
P.P. Eggleton, M. Livio, F. Verbunt, C. Bailyn, E.S. Phinney);
Blue stragglers (P. Leonard, M. Mateo, J. Nemec);
Binaries in intracluster dynamical interactions (P. Hut, S.J. Aarseth,
S.L.W. McMillan); Non-coeval effects (R. Mardling, F.A. Rasio);
[Summary: R. Webbink]; [open clusters Workshop, (D. Turner, Coordinator)].

The SOC includes: A. Gimenez, E.F. Guinan, D. Heggie, G. Hill, P. Hut, J. Kaluzny, J.-C. Mermilliod (co-chair), E.F. Milone (chair), J.E. Pringle, H. Richer, S. Rucinski, D. Turner, F. Verbunt, F. Vrba; Special advisor, A.H. Batten.

This meeting has the endorsement of IAU Commissions 25, 26, 30, 37, and 42. It is more comprehensive and was planned long before many of the conferences which are meeting this year.

So, if you can go to only one conference this year, make it this one!



State College, PA July 7-10, 1995

The 3rd ANNUAL PENN STATE CONFERENCE ON GRAVITATIONAL PHYSICS will be held on the topic of ASTROPHYSICAL SOURCES OF GRAVITATIONAL WAVES. The scientific program of the Conference is being organized jointly by the Caltech and Penn State relativity groups, and it will consist of two components:

I.Two days with a rather broad focus, dealing with the status of current research and with open issues that need to be addressed concerning sources for ground-based and space-based
gravitational wave detectors. This first component will be aimed, in part, at providing an overview of the field to researchers (relativists and astrophysicists) who are not currently working in this area, but who may want to become involved.

II. A two-day workshop (July 9 & 10) focusing more narrowly and in greater depth on issues in gravitational waves from coalescing compact binaries. This will be a follow-up to a workshop on this topic held at Caltech in January, 1994, and is intended primarily for people now working on this topic.

For more Information, contact: Karen Brewster (



NRA 95-OSS-09

Date of Issue: April 5, 1995
Letters of Intent Due: May 5, 1995
Proposals Due: July 5, 1995

This NASA Research Announcement (NRA) solicits basic research proposals to conduct investigations which are relevant to the NASA Ultraviolet, Visible, and Gravitational Astrophysics Program, which is aimed at a better understanding of astrophysical objects and phenomena as revealed through their ultraviolet and visible radiation and topics in general relativistic and gravitational astrophysics. Proposed research may include observational topics, experimental laboratory astrophysics, supporting technology studies and studies in gravitational physics and relativity. Sounding rocket, detector development and theoretical investigations are not covered under this program.

Further details, including the full text of the NRA and Appendices, are available via anonymous FTP from the Astrophysics Division's FTP server (
in the directory "/pub/astrophysics/NRAs/UV_Visible/1995_R+A". For additional infomration, please contact Dr. Robert Stachnik (202-358-0370) or Dr. Hashima Hasan (202-358-0377), or by email at



Additional changes have been made to the phone numbers for the Astrophysical Journal Office from those published in the March AAS Newsletter. The proper numbers are as follows:

Dr. Helmut Abt -- 520-318-8215
ApJ Office -- 520-318-8214
ApJ Fax -- 520-318-8183