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This standard describes an extensible data interchange format
particularly well suited for transport and archiving
of arrays and tables of astronomical data.
The IAU has recommended that all astronomical computer
facilities support FITS for the interchange of binary data.
It has been NASA policy for its astrophysics projects to make their
data available in FITS format.
This standard may also be used to define
the format for data transport in other disciplines, as may be
determined by the appropriate authorities.