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Paper: The SIRTF Science Center Is Alive And Well And Living In Pasadena
Volume: 238, Astronomical Data Analysis Software and Systems X
Page: 32
Authors: Green, W. B.
Abstract: The Space Infrared Telescope Facility (SIRTF) will perform an extended series of science observations at wavelengths ranging from 20 to 160 microns for five years or more. The science payload consists of three instruments delivered by instrument Principal Investigators located at University of Arizona, Cornell, and Harvard Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory. The California Institute of Technology has been selected as the home for the SIRTF Science Center (SSC). The SSC is responsible for evaluating and selecting observation proposals, providing technical support to the science community, performing mission planning and science observation scheduling activities, instrument calibration during operations and instrument health monitoring, production of archival quality data products, and management of science research grants. The SSC is currently engaged in development of a major data processing and archive system. The first components of that system have now been operational for over a year, and have been used by Guaranteed Time Observers to submit over 3000 observation requests. In addition, the solicitation for the Legacy Science Proposals has been completed, and proposal teams utilized tools and systems developed by the SSC to submit their proposals electronically for evaluation and selection.
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