CALL FOR PROPOSALS: BASIC SCIENCE OBSERVATIONS WITH THE STRATOSPHERIC OBSERVATORY FOR INFRARED ASTRONOMY (SOFIA)

(Proposal deadline July 30, 2010)

The Basic Science program will consist of about 75 hours of on-sky exposure with either the FORCAST mid-infrared camera or the GREAT sub-millimeter heterodyne spectrometer. The observing time is expected to take place during a 2-3 month interval within the time frame of March 1 through Aug. 31, 2011.

Documents needed to consider observational possibilities and constraints, and to prepare and submit observing proposals, can be found at: http://www.sofia.usra.edu/Science/proposals/basic_science

Those documents include the Call for Proposals, the SOFIA Observers Handbook for Early Science, the Early Science Calibration Plan, exposure estimation tools and tutorials and the “Reserved Observations Catalogs” for the two instruments (Call for Proposals, Appendix A).

Proposals are invited from the world scientific community. Successful proposers with U.S. professional affiliations will be eligible to receive funding to support the acquisition, analysis and publication of Basic Science data, at a level consistent with other NASA-sponsored observing programs.

Please direct questions and comments to sofia_help@sofia.usra.edu

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