AAS 203rd Meeting, January 2004
Session 22 First Results from the Space Infrared Telescope Facility (SIRTF)
Poster, Monday, January 5, 2004, 9:20am-6:30pm, Hanover Hall

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[22.06] SIRTF Cycle-1 Research Opportunities

B.T. Soifer, M.D. Bicay (Caltech & SSC)

The Space InfraRed Telescope Facility (SIRTF), the fourth and final element in NASA's family of Great Observatories, was successfully launched into an Earth-trailing heliocentric orbit on August 25, 2003. The SIRTF Science Center (SSC) at Caltech is now soliciting Cycle-1 research proposals from the worldwide scientific community. Proposals must be submitted electronically to the SSC by February 14, 2004.

A preliminary version of the Cycle-1 Call for Proposals (CP) was issued by the SSC in November 2002. A CP Update and supporting technical documentation, which incorporates the on-orbit performance of the observatory, were released in December 2003.

Investigations may be proposed for new SIRTF observations, through the General Observer (GO) program, or for archival research. About 3700 hours of observing time is being offered for the Cycle-1 GO Program, in small (less than 50 hours) and medium (50 to 200 hours) categories. More than $15 million in NASA data analysis support is available to qualified GO investigators. For GO proposals, a detailed list of proposed observations, generated by the SIRTF Planning Observations Tool, must accompany the research proposal.

The Archival Research (AR) Program in Cycle-1 is limited to the analysis of data from the First-Look Survey, a 100-hour program to be executed by the SSC at the start of the science mission. Up to $750,000 in NASA data analysis support is available to qualified AR investigators.

All documents supporting the Cycle-1 solicitation are available online in the Proposal Kit section of the SSC public Web site (http://sirtf.caltech.edu/SSC/). Questions pertaining to the Cycle-1 CP should be sent electronically to the SSC HelpDesk at sirtf@ipac.caltech.edu.

SIRTF is operated by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, under contract with NASA.

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