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NuSTAR Guest Observer - Cycle 6 (ROSES 2019)
The Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) Small Explorer (SMEX) mission is the first orbiting telescope to focus light in the high energy X-ray region of the electromagnetic spectrum (E > 10 keV), with an effective bandpass of 3–79 keV. The observatory provides a combined improvement in sensitivity and spatial/spectral resolution by factors of 10 to 100 over previous missions that have operated at these energies. The NuSTAR Guest Observer (GO) Program solicits proposals for basic research relevant to the NuSTAR mission.
NuSTAR Cycle 6 will commence on or about June 1, 2020, and last for a nominal period of 12 months. Based upon the outcome of the 2016 NASA Astrophysics Senior Review process, NuSTAR operations are currently funded through September 30, 2019. NuSTAR is proposing for continued operations funding in the 2019 NASA Astrophysics Senior Review for operating missions. Further details on the Cycle 6 program may be found on the NuSTAR Guest Observer Program website (http://nustar.gsfc.nasa.gov).
Observing time will be made available to scientists at both U.S. and non-U.S. institutions. Individuals may submit proposals for three general types of observations: "standard-mode", "Target-of-Opportunity" (ToO) (see Section 1.3.3), and “Large Programs” (LP, see Section 1.3.4). In addition to proposals for ToO observations submitted in response to this Call for Proposals, unsolicited requests for ToO observations may be made through the NuSTAR Science Operations Center. Note that unsolicited ToO requests are ineligible for funding under the NuSTAR Guest Observer Program. The data from NuSTAR observations selected under the Cycle 6 Call for Proposals will have a limited exclusive-use period dependent upon the observation type. Data from approved standard-mode GO and LP observations will have a nominal one-year exclusive-use period commencing at the time of receipt of the processed data by the observer. Data from approved ToO observations will have a corresponding six-month exclusive-use period. Note that Principal Investigators (PIs) may waive the exclusive-use period and opt for the observation(s) to be placed directly into the NuSTAR public archive. Data resulting from unsolicited ToO requests will have no exclusive-use period.
In addition to investigations utilizing NuSTAR observations only, proposals involving coordinated observations with the European Space Agency (ESA)/NASA X-ray Multi-Mirror Mission (XMM)-Newton X-ray observatory, NASA’s Neil Gehrels Swift observatory, and NASA’s Neutron star Interior Composition ExploreR (NICER) mission are also solicited under this Call for Proposals. Prospective proposers of joint observations with these facilities should refer to Section 1.3.1 for details concerning the evaluation and implementation of such proposals.
Deadline for Proposals: Jan. 24, 2020