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ASTRO-F Call for Letter of Intent

ASTRO-F Call for Letter of Intent

12 May 2005

Observing opportunities for European Users with ASTRO-F

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:

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 '' 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, 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

Letter of Intent - Format

Proposer Information:

Proposal Information (Repeat per foreseen proposal):
Scientific Category: select one of the following:

  • Solar System, or
  • Interstellar Matter, or
  • Stellar/Circumstellar Physics, or
  • Extragalactic Systems, or
  • Cosmology

Title (preliminary):

Last Update: 1 September 2019
9-Dec-2021 13:30 UT

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