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Mauna Kea Giants Find Common Nursery for Comets

Joint W.M. Keck, Subaru and Gemini Observatories Press Release

Science Contacts:

  • David Harker
    University of Caliifornia, San Diego

    (858) 822-4893
  • Seiji Sugita
    University of Tokyo

  • Fred Chaffee
    W.M. Keck Observatory

    (808) 885-7887

Dusty Old Star Offers Window to Our Future, Astronomers Report

Media Contacts:

Science Contact:

  • Inseok Song
    Gemini Observatory, Hilo HI

Aspen Program Announcement #2

WFMOS Questions

Question: Should prospective WFMOS teams open a direct dialog with Subaru to answer Subaru-specific questions or should questions be routed through Gemini?

Answer: Though Subaru and Gemini are working closely on a variety of WFMOS matters, a single point of contact should be used to make sure that answers to RFP questions submitted are distributed to everyone through these “Aspen Program Announcements” on Gemini’s web page.

Aspen Program Announcement #1

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WFMOS Questions

Question: Can you clarify the Gemini partner share situation and outline how it should be addressed through the initial RFP phase?

Answer: The table of remaining Aspen partner shares in the WFMOS Announcement of Opportunity summarizes remaining partner shares in Gemini’s projected USD 75 million Aspen instrument program. The projected budget for WFMOS is ~USD 45 million and an additional 30% has been added as contingency, bringing the total projected cost to ~USD 60 million for this instrument.

A Chinese Dragon and a Knotted Galactic Embrace

En Español - Versión adaptada en Chile

Gemini Legacy Images Release 

  • Peter Michaud
    Gemini Observatory

    Desk: 808/974-2510
    Cell: 808/937-0845

 For other Gemini images, video and audio see the Gemini Image Gallery

Aspen Program Update and Announcements of Opportunity

Nearly two years have passed since the Aspen Science workshop and, since then, a wide range of significant activities have occurred. The original Aspen science case has been refined and enhanced through a comprehensive set of design and feasibility studies for a number of extremely ambitious instruments.

Announcement of Opportunity No. N251228

Precision Radial Velocity Spectrometer (PRVS) Design Studies

Gemini Observatory
Issued: 24 August 2005
Requests for RFP Due: 9 September 2005

Announcement of Opportunity for RFP No.N251227

Wide Field Fiber Multi-Object Spectrograph (WFMOS) Conceptual Design Study

Gemini Observatory
Issued: 24 August 2005
Requests to Receive RFP Due: 23 September 2005

Announcement of Opportunity for RFP No. N251229

Ground Layer Turbulence Monitoring on the Mauna Kea Summit Ridge

Gemini Observatory
Issued: 24 August 2005
Requests for RFP Due: 9 September 2005

The "Aspen" Program: Decision Time

The Board of Directors has adopted a resolution that addresses the next steps in the process to design and deploy some of the major instruments that emerged from the multi-year process of discussions. This has been a stimulating process, with the initial phase culminating in the report Scientific Horizons at the Gemini Observatory: Exploring a Universe of Matter, Energy, and Life, which is available here on the Gemini website.