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LCROSS Astronomer Workshop. Jennifer Heldmann LCROSS Observation Campaign Coordinator NASA Ames Research Center. February 29, 2008. LCROSS Astronomer Workshop Support.
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LCROSS Observation Campaign Coordinator
NASA Ames Research Center
February 29, 2008
Special thanks to the Science Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters (especially Jim Green & Kelly Snook) for funding the travel grants.
Thanks also to the Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI) for providing logistical support for the Workshop.
Supported also by NASA’s Exploration Mission Directorate (ESMD), Lunar Precursor Robotic Program (LPRP), and LCROSS Project.
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The combination of ground-based, orbital and in-situ platforms span the necessary temporal and spatial scales: from sec/meters to hours/km
The LCROSS mission has multiple layers of observing
Worldwide observation campaign -- building on the experience of Deep Impact
Lunar, Earth-orbiting , and Ground-based Assets
LCROSS Shepherding Spacecraft
Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter
International lunar missions
Observations during 1) lunar swing-by and 2) LCROSS impacts.
Opportunity to cross-calibrate instruments, also test communications during mission between LCROSS Science Operations Center and observing Astronomers.
Observation Campaign Coordinator (Heldmann) will be in direct communication with Astronomers from the Science Operations Center (SOC) during lunar swing-by and LCROSS impacts.
NASA recognizes that Astronomers must be compensated (funded) for time, travel, etc. to ensure optimal planning of observations, acquisition of data, analysis of data, and delivery of results (to NASA, scientific community, public, etc).
NASA recognizes that astronomers must be compensated (funded) for time, travel, etc. to ensure optimal planning of observations, acquisition of data, analysis of data, and delivery of results (to NASA, scientific community, public, etc).
Solution: Selection of qualified observers who are eligible to receive direct support for observations in support of the Lunar CRater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS) lunar swingby calibration and LCROSS impact, and support of subsequent data analysis and delivery to the Planetary Data System (PDS).
• Upon successfully securing observing time, astronomers may submit a funding proposal.
• Proposals will undergo screening to ensure they meet the qualification and selection criteria (TBD).
• Selected proposals will receive funds after a data analysis reported is accepted.
• This LCROSS Observation Campaign funding for astronomers is above and beyond the typical ROSES funding programs.
• Astronomers are not precluded for applying for additional funding through ROSES.