AAS 201st Meeting, January, 2003
Session 76. Astronomers and Their Tools
Poster, Wednesday, January 8, 2003, 9:20am-6:30pm, Exhibit Hall AB

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[76.09] APT, The Phase I Tool for HST Cycle 12

B. Blacker, M. Berch, G. Curtis, R. Douglas, R. Downes, A. Krueger, C. O'Dea (Space Telescope Science Institute)

In our continuing effort to streamline our systems and improve service to the science community, the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) is developing and releasing, APT - The Astronomer's Proposal Tool as the new interface for Hubble Space Telescope (HST) Phase I and Phase II proposal submissions for HST Cycle 12. The goal of the APT, is to bring state of the art technology, more visual tools and power into the hands of proposers so that they can optimize the scientific return of their HST programs.

Proposing for HST and other missions, consists of requesting observing time and/or archival research funding. This step is called Phase I, where the scientific merit of a proposal is considered by a community based peer-review process. Accepted proposals then proceed thru Phase II, where the observations are specified in sufficient detail to enable scheduling on the telescope.

In this paper we will present our concept and implementation plans for our Phase I development and submission tool, APT. In addition, we will go behind the scenes and discuss the implications for the Science Policies Division (SPD) and other groups at the STScI caused by a new submission tool and submission output products.

The Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) is operated by the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy, Inc., for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

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