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Invitation to Participate in Development of Exemplar Key Science Programs For GMT and TMT

The National Science Foundation’s (NSF) National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO) and its collaborative partners, the Thirty Meter Telescope International Observatory (TIO) and the Giant Magellan Telescope Organization (GMTO) invite all interested U.S. scientists to participate in the development of exemplar Key Science Programs (KSPs) for the Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT) and Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT), preferably working in concert.

The primary audiences for these KSPs will be the 2020 Decadal Survey of Astronomy and Astrophysics (Astro 2020), an enterprise of the U.S. National Academies, and the NSF. They may also be used, in whole or part, to support a future collaborative proposal by NOAO, GMTO, and TIO to NSF for a significant investment in the TMT and GMT construction projects and operations in order to enable open access for the entire U.S. commmunity to observing time via peer review. For both audiences, a strong response to this invitation will be seen as an indicator of community interest in potential federal investment in GMT and TMT. We need your help!

NOAO, TIO, and GMTO are committed to enabling diversity within KSP development teams. We seek to empower the best minds, no matter their gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or institutional affiliation.

For more information, read more from NOAO: https://www.noao.edu/us-elt-program/ksp-invitation.php

KSP development team formation will begin on 30 July.


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