Gemini Preprint #26

The Gemini Observatory Science Operations Plan

Phil Puxley, Fred Gillett, Matt Mountain, Doug Simons
Gemini 8m Telescopes Project, 950 N. Cherry Ave., Tucson AZ 85719


We review the Gemini Observatory science operations plan including the proposal submission, allocation and observation planning processes; the telescope operations model; and the scientific staffing plans and user support. Use of the telescope is shown by via a scenario involving a sub-stellar companion search program to illustrate the planning tools and level of integration required between the observatory control, telescope control and data handling software systems.

Appears in Proc. SPIE 3349, "Observatory Operations to Optimize Scientific Return".

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Ruth A. Kneale / / March 30, 1998