Exoplanets & Exomoons

Kepler Guest Observer Program

By Keith Cowing
September 4, 2010

The Kepler Guest Observer Program solicits proposals for the acquisition and analysis of new scientific data from the Kepler mission, which is the tenth mission launched under NASA’s Discovery Program. During its 3.5-year prime mission, Kepler will continuously monitor a ~100 square degree field-of-view (FOV) in the Cygnus region (alpha=19h 22m 40s, delta=44* 30′ 00″), with the objective of photometrically detecting transits of Earth-size planets in the habitable zones (HZ) of stars in the solar neighborhood. The instrument’s high-precision photometry capability, with two available cadence modes (1 minute and 30-minute), provides a powerful tool for asteroseismology research and other variability analyses of both Galactic and extragalactic sources.

This amendment alters the due date for proposal submission to 11:59 pm EST Dec 17, 2010, specifies that the data proprietary periods will be 12 months for all quarters of cycle 3, and makes some other small changes to the text.

Table 2 and 3 of the Summary of Solicitation for this NRA, and the text of Appendix D.5 have been updated to reflect this change in due date.

This Amendment to the NASA Research Announcement “Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences (ROSES) 2010” (NNH10ZDA001N) is posted on the NASA research opportunity homepage at http://nspires.nasaprs.com/ (select “Solicitations” then “Open Solicitations” then “NNH10ZDA001N”). You can now track amendments, clarifications and corrections to ROSES and subscribe to an RSS feed at: http://nasascience.nasa.gov/researchers/sara/grant-solicitations/roses-2010

Questions regarding the Kepler GO Program may be addressed to Dr. Douglas Hudgins, Astrophysics Division (Mail Code 3Y28), Science Missions Directorate, NASA Headquarters, Washington Dc 20546-0001; Telephone (202) 358-0988, Email: [email protected]

Source: NAI Newsletter

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