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Observing opportunities for European Users with ASTRO-F: Call for Letter of Intent

 Dear Colleague,

This mail is to inform you of upcoming observing opportunities with
JAXA's ASTRO-F infrared sky survey satellite.
 The "Observers' Fact-sheet " gives a concise summary of the relevant information.

If you are interested in this opportunity, you should return
a brief "Letter of Intent" to ESA before 31 May 2005.

ASTRO-F is a Japanese infrared all-sky survey mission, scheduled for
launch in January-February 2006 and with a foreseen operational
lifetime of at least 1.5 years. In addition to the sky survey, part
of the mission will be dedicated to pointed observations of specific
astronomical targets. ASTRO-F has the capability for imaging and
spectroscopy in 13 infrared bands from 2 to 180 microns. Resulting from
ESA's participation in the mission, individuals and teams from institutes
in ESA Member States may submit observing proposals for pointed observations
in ASTRO-F's European Open Time programme (*). Further details on the
ASTRO-F mission and the observing opportunities offered to European
astronomers can be found at the ESA site:

http://www.astro-f.esac.esa.int/

To enable ESA to gauge the interest in ASTRO-F observing opportunities
(and, consequently, size the facilities needed), likely proposers are
asked to send a brief "Letter of Intent" to the ESA Project Scientist
at 'astro-f@sciops.esa.int' before 31 May 2005. The suggested format for
this Letter is provided at the end of this mail.

Current planning foresees issue of the 'Call for Observing Proposals'
on 1 September 2005, with proposals being due two months thereafter.
Proposals will be peer-reviewed by a European Time Allocation Committee,
and then merged with those resulting from the parallel Japanese Call.

Please note this is the last information on ASTRO-F sent to the ISO
Data Archive users list. If you want to have your name added to our
ASTRO-F mailing list for any future correspondence, please send a
blank e-mail to astro-f@sciops.esa.int, with "subscribe" in the
subject field.

(*): Interested scientists outside Europe are encouraged to collaborate
with PI's from ESA member state institutions.

Best regards,

Alberto Salama
ESA's ASTRO-F Project Scientist
European Space Astronomy Centre (ESAC)
Villafranca, Madrid, Spain

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Letter of Intent - Format

Proposer Information:
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Name:
Institute:
E-Mail:

Proposal Information (Repeat per foreseen proposal):
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Scientific Category:
One of the following: Solar System OR Interstellar Matter OR
Stellar/Circumstellar Physics OR Extragalactic Systems OR Cosmology.

Title (preliminary):

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