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Invitation to Participate in Development of Exemplar Key Science Programs for Astro 2020

The National Science Foundation’s (NSF) National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO), GMTO Corporation (GMTO) and the Thirty Meter Telescope International Observatory (TIO) invite all interested U.S. scientists to participate in the development of exemplar Key Science Programs (KSPs) for the Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT) and Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT), preferably working in concert.

The primary audiences for these KSPs will be the 2020 Decadal Survey of Astronomy and Astrophysics (Astro 2020), an enterprise of the U.S. National Academies, and the NSF. They may also be used, in whole or part, to support a future collaborative proposal by NOAO, GMTO, and TIO to NSF for a significant investment in the GMT and TMT construction projects and operations.

NOAO, GMTO and TIO are committed to enabling diversity within KSP development teams. We seek to empower the best minds, no matter their gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or institutional affiliation.

Scientists affiliated with U.S.-based partner institutions with GMTO and TIO are also welcome to participate in this activity.

A strong response to this invitation will be seen as an indicator of community interest in potential federal investment in TMT and GMT. We need your help!

Read more from NOAO: https://www.noao.edu/us-elt-program/ksp-invitation.php

GMTO’s dedicated Astro2020 webpage can be found here: http://www.gmto.org/astro2020/