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The Gemini South laser suffered a fault towards the end of the last GeMS run in February. The laser power has been lost to a level that prohibits useful science. Unfortunately, despite all the efforts of the laser team, we were not able to recover the laser during the run. The problem has been identified and a plan is under development to recover, which involves replacement of key hardware parts and realignment of the system. Internal and external specialists will collaborate to complete this work and return the laser to the level required to do science.
After a very involved repair to a drive unit for the shutter of the Gemini North dome, Gemini North is back on the sky for regular science operations. See more at: www.gemini.edu/node/12160 .
The call for Early Science programs using the Gemini Planet Imager (GPI) is now open, with full information posted at http://www.gemini.edu/sciops/instruments/gpi/gpi-early-science/call-proposals. Proposals for shared-risk observations are due February 28, for execution in April.
The repairs to the shutter drive unit on the exterior of the Gemini North dome appear to be reaching the home stretch with a plan to reinstall the repaired drive unit on Monday, February 10th and be back on the sky on February 12th. As always, this is assuming the weather allows the work to progress as planned and no further complications occur.
Spectral templates (usually late type stars) are required for the analysis of kinematical data on external galaxies (or other stellar ensembles). In the near-IR, the most commonly used features are the CO overtone bands at λ > 2.3µm.
Excellent Progress with NIRI Flexure; Update on Acceptance Tests, Queue and System Verification Observations
26 September 2001
Using dedicated GMOS images (pre-imaging) for designing MOS masks has the advantages of being independent of the accuracy of any astrometric calibration and immune against proper motions of alignment stars or objects. However it also requires more telescope time, and requires time between the start of the semester and the start of the MOS observations for the pre-imaging to be taken and the mask to be designed.