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Paper: The SIRTF Science Center Enters the Home Stretch
Volume: 281, Astronomical Data Analysis Software and Systems XI
Page: 430
Authors: Green, William; The SIRTF Science Center
Abstract: The Space Infrared Telescope Facility (SIRTF), scheduled for launch in January 2003, will perform an extended series of science observations at wavelengths ranging from 20 to 160 microns for five years or more. 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 responsible for design, development, and operation of the Science Operations System (SOS) which will support the functions assigned to the SSC by NASA. This paper describes the top level architecture of the SOS, the current status of the evolution of the SSC systems and capabilities, and an overview of plans for remaining development and testing prior to launch.
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