Number 27, July 2003
Content: 1) FUSE Cycle 5 NRA & Call for Proposals Released 2) Potential computer security concern for MAST users 3) Newsletter send list updated 1) FUSE Cycle 5 NRA & Call for Proposals Released The Far Ultraviolet Spectroscopic Explorer (FUSE) project is pleased to announce the release of the call for proposals for the fifth year of general observations ("Cycle 5"). The NASA Research Announcement (NRA-03-OSS-01-FUSE) and Cycle 5 proposal instructions were released on July 3, 2003. Notices of Intent may be submitted by August 8. Proposals are due to NASA by September 19, 2003. The FUSE satellite performs high-resolution spectroscopy of the far ultraviolet (905-1187 Å) spectral region with high sensitivity. Staring with Cycle 4 all the observing time of the FUSE mission is available to the general astronomical community through the NRA process. Approximately 6000 kilo seconds of on-target exposure time will be allocated to GI programs in Cycle 5. This year the FUSE Guest Investigator program is part of NASA's Research Opportunities in Space Science (ROSS) NRA. FUSE proposal preparation and submission procedures are very similar to that in Cycle 4, however the on-line documentation for the NRA and proposal instructions has a different organization. Please consult the web sites listed below. Starting in Cycle 5 a new proposal category, "Legacy Programs", is available. This proposal category provides the opportunity for large, coherent projects of general and lasting importance to a wide astrophysical audience. As in cycle 4, the "standard" and "survey" proposal categories are also available. For further information please consult the following web sites: FUSE Cycle 5 program description and proposal instructions: http://fusegi.pha.jhu.edu Technical information is available from the FUSE mission web site: http://fuse.pha.jhu.edu General programmatic information for the ROSS-2003 NRA and its FUSE Cycle 5 component: 2) Potential computer security concern for MAST users Several FUSE observers have brought to my attention a potential computer security concern for users of the Multi-Mission Archive at Space Telescope (MAST), which hosts the FUSE data archive. When retrieving data from the archive using file transfer protocol (ftp) from MAST direct to the requester's computer, the MAST system presently uses standard ftp to execute the file transfer. This is the only data retrieval option for FUSE proprietary data. (The anonymous ftp data transfer option for non-proprietary data avoids this security concern.) One university IT system administrators has questioned this procedure because of the potential for the user's home account password to be compromised in the process. This concern would apply to any data sets retrieved from MAST using direct ftp, not only FUSE data. A future upgrade of the MAST system will implement a secure ftp procedure, eliminating this concern. This notice is being circulated at the request of the FOAC (Please see George Sonneborn FUSE Project Scientist 3) Newsletter send list updated With the completed ingest of the FUSE cycle 4 proposals, we have taken the opportunity to update the send list for the FUSE Observer's Electronic Newsletter. While we have endeavored to exclude duplicate e-mail addresses, some aliases may have gone unnoticed. Hence, if you receive multiple copies of this newsletter, please check to see if they arrive through different addresses. If so, you can unsubscribe the duplicates by sending an e-mail to unsubscribe fuse_news email@example.com Should you receive multiple copies through the same address, please let us know by sending us an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. We apologize for any inconvenience.
The Observer's Electronic Newsletter is published by the FUSE project and is aimed at the FUSE user community.
Editor: B-G Andersson, FUSE Guest Investigator Officer.
The FUSE Project is managed by Johns Hopkins University's Center for Astrophysical Sciences in Baltimore, MD, for NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. The FUSE Principal Investigator is Dr. Warren Moos, the FUSE Project Manager at JHU is Mr. Randy Ewing, and the NASA Project Scientist for FUSE is Dr. George Sonneborn.
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