Astro-E Announcement of Opportunity for European astronomers
15 July 1999Following an invitation to ESA by the Institute of Space and AstronauticalScience (ISAS),the First European Announcement of Opportunity (EAO-1B) for participation in theAstro-E observing programme opened on 15 July 1999.This EAO covers a nine-month period commencing aroundAugust 2000. The proposal deadline is 17 September 1999.Approximately 5.5% of the total observing time will be allocated to proposalswith Principal Investigators from ESA Member States for collaborativeinvestigations with Japanese astronomers.
Astro-E is the fifth in the series of Japanese astronomy satellites devoted to observations of celestial X-ray sources. Astro-E is a joint Japanese-US mission and its launch is planned for February 2000. The broad bandpass of Astro-E, combined with high resolution spectroscopy capabilities, makes it a unique tool to study many problems in astrophysics, such as the origins of elements and structures in the Universe as well as the evolution of these structures.
More details are available at: http://astro.estec.esa.nl/SA-general/Projects/Astroe/announce.html