Astro-E observing time for European astronomers announced
10 May 1999Astro-E is the fifth in the series of Japanese astronomy satellitesdevoted to observations of celestial X-ray sources.Astro-E is a joint Japanese-US mission and its launch is planned forFebruary 2000. The broad bandpass of Astro-E, combined with high resolution spectroscopy capabilities,makes it a unique tool to study manyproblems in astrophysics, such as the origins of elements andstructures in the Universe as well as the evolution of these structures.
Following an invitation to ESA by the Institute of Space and Astronautical Science (ISAS), the First European Announcement of Opportunity (EAO-1B) for participation in the Astro-E observing programme will open on 1 June 1999. This EAO will cover a nine-month period commencing around August 2000. The proposal deadline will be 1 September 1999.
Approximately 5.5% of the total observing time will be allocated to proposals with Principal Investigators from ESA Member States for collaborative investigations with Japanese astronomers.
More details are available at: http://astro.estec.esa.nl/SA-general/Projects/Astroe/announce.html