Hubble proposal deadline tomorrow, lest you forget.
How many proposals do you think we will get?
I think I know. You wanna bet?
The Hubble Space Telescope is a fine telescope.
Currently it has very limited capabilities due to instrument failures, but it is, hopefully, getting one more servicing mission – during which a new Wide Field Camera (3) will be installed – with a moderately wide field, well sampled broadband performance (UV to near-IR – an interesting compromise).
The Cosmic Origins Spectrograph – a fixed single aperture medium resolution blue spectrograph.
In addition there are plans to fix the Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph and the Advanced Camera for Surveys (yay!) if they can, as well as various housekeeping and upgrades of operational hardware (usual gyro/battery/power/control stuff)
So… this will assuredly be the last servicing mission, but Hubble ought to have full capabilities for a few cycles until it reaches the end, so everyone wants to get their priority science in asap.
So… how many proposals? What oversubscription rate? Some people are getting very ambitious for large programs.
I’m betting over 2000 proposals! – no stakes, just yer NASA Nerd Pride level and community reputation – modulo the dictum that one should never bet on peoples’ behaviour.
I also suspect a record oversuscription rate for science orbits, especially with new GTO teams and need to do some orbit engineering and verification tasks.
So, less than 5% success rate, anyone?
You have 30 hours to stake your claim.
Anything after 4:55 pm EST friday doesn’t count, that is close enough that proposal numbers will be converging on a final count, you must stick your neck out before then or I will ignore you.
PS: starting 4:55, feel free to tell us your highest successfully submitted assigned proposal cycle number…