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ROSES 2012 Clarifications, corrections and amendments Amendment 18: Final text for Appendix D.6: The Fermi Guest Investigator Program.

Description: Amendment 18 releases final text for Appendix D.6: The Fermi Guest Investigator Program, which replaces the prior text in its entirety. Joint observing programs with Arecibo and VERITAS are announced and a new data product will be available during Cycle-6 and beyond. The due date for proposals remains January 18, 2013.

The Fermi Guest Investigator program solicits proposals for basic research relevant to the Fermi mission. The primary goal of this mission is to perform 20 MeV to >300 GeV gamma-ray measurements over the entire celestial sphere, with sensitivity a factor of 30 or more greater than that obtained by earlier space missions. A secondary goal includes the study of transient gamma-ray sources with energies extending from 8 keV up to 300 GeV.

This Amendment will release the final text for Appendix D.6, The Fermi Guest Investigator Program, which replaces the prior text in its entirety.These are the major changes since the prior version that was released with ROSES 2012. In this cycle, Fermi investigators can now apply for observing time through joint programs with the Arecibo Observatory or the VERITAS ground-based Cerenkov telescope facility.  A new data product, intended primarily to facilitate studies of very short duration transients such as terrestrial gamma-ray flashes, will be available during Cycle-6 and beyond. This new operating mode will produce continuous TTE files in addition to the intervals currently available around a GBM trigger.   

The due date for proposals remains January 18, 2013.

Technical questions concerning this program element may be directed to Chris Shrader at Chris.r.shrader@nasa.gov or (301) 286-8434. Help Desk: http://fermi.gsfc.nasa.gov/ssc/help/

Questions concerning Fermi capabilities may be directed to Julie McEnery at Julie.E.McEnery@nasa.gov or 301-286-1632.

The NASA point of contact for programmatic information is Ilana Harrus Ilana.M.Harrus@nasa.gov or (202) 358-1250.

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