NOAO Currents

April 2008  •  Issue 2



Gemini Survey

The UK funding agency, the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), has indicated their interest in selling some of their Gemini time. Current discussions suggest that up to 8% of the total Gemini time may be available as a possible increment to the US share. As discussed in the related article in Currents, there may be advantages to seeking to acquire a larger share of Gemini time, as opposed to simply buying nights.

Question 1: Bearing in mind that any purchase will need to be accompanied by a marginal budgetary commitment, is there a strong need for the US to acquire additional nights on Gemini and should this be set as a high priority for NSF?



Question 2: Is there a benefit in seeking to acquire these through an additional share of Gemini as an alternative to simply buying nights?



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