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The role of the US National Office in the Gemini partnership
Author(s): Kenneth H. Hinkle; Letizia Stanghellini; Dara Norman; Sharon Hunt
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Paper Abstract

We follow the history of the US National Gemini Office from its origin when the US National New Technology Telescope was reshaped into two 8m telescopes for the International Gemini Observatory. The development of the office in the decade of the 1990s continues to shape its function to the present. The following decade, 2000–2010, marked major milestones including the dedication of the telescopes, the reshaping of the Gemini instrumentation program, and dissatisfaction of the US community as expressed in the ALTAIR report. Nationally funded facilities are under financial pressure, as new projects must be funded from a nearly fixed budget. We will discuss how the US NGO should be used to advocate for both the US community and the Gemini Observatory. This role could be an essential one in protecting open access to 8m-class facilities.

Paper Details

Date Published: 10 July 2018
PDF: 18 pages
Proc. SPIE 10704, Observatory Operations: Strategies, Processes, and Systems VII, 107042M (10 July 2018); doi: 10.1117/12.2312947
Show Author Affiliations
Kenneth H. Hinkle, National Optical Astronomy Observatory (United States)
Letizia Stanghellini, National Optical Astronomy Observatory (United States)
Dara Norman, National Optical Astronomy Observatory (United States)
Sharon Hunt, National Optical Astronomy Observatory (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10704:
Observatory Operations: Strategies, Processes, and Systems VII
Alison B. Peck; Robert L. Seaman; Chris R. Benn, Editor(s)

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