September 1995 Volume 3, No. 8
In recognition of 17 years and 8 months of extraordinary service to the astronomical community and the successful efforts to streamline ground operations, Drs. Joe Rothenberg, Director of the Goddard Space Flight Center, Daniel W. Weedman, Director of the Astrophysics Division at NASA, and Yoji Kondo, IUE Project Scientist, will acknowledge the unique role of this first All- Guest-Observatory satellite facility in a formal ceremony of appre- ciation. We at NASA hope that you can join us in person to acknowledge this special achievement. The proceedings will be held at Goddard Space Flight Center (the home of IUE), Building 21 Room 183, on Friday, 29 September 1995 at 11 am.
The International Ultraviolet Explorer (IUE) project "keeps on going" in the continuing spirit of the little satellite that could. The project has reconfigured its science and satellite operations to reduce costs. On 30 September 1995, the US IUE team will turn over science operations to the ESA ground station at Villafranca, where the ESA/PPARC teams will continue to con- duct astronomical observations on behalf of the international astronomical community. The US team will provide streamlined support for satellite operations and will continue their task to complete the IUE Final Archive that contains over 100,000 ultraviolet spectra.
If you plan to be with us for this event, please send us a quick message by email so we can plan for your attendance. If you cannot be with us in person, you are cordially invited to send your messages expressing your sentiments for a job more-than-well done to the following electronic mail address.
Recent System Changes:
9/1/95 - IDL 4.0.1 was installed as "IDL". "IDLV2" and "IUERDAF" currently still point to IDL 3.6.
Recent Software Changes:
22-Aug The following routines from the experimental library were implemented: kurget correct error in model spacing kplist command line search routine for kandp kurget1 corrected for variable spacing of high Temp models iuelib adjust !y.margin for PCs ipinfo correct errors when dir = 'NA' ipi_lisi change search for NEWSIPS processing dates dosplat set dir = 'NA' for PCs platform define win32 like windows (for IDL 4.0) ifitswrt allow comments & new input parameter options nsplot allow modifying plot titles convert doesn't require standard iuedac file names unred added tabfile keyword fes2v converts fes counts to visual magnitudes stdsfile supports newsips standard star spectra rdstds extracts data from newsips standard star spectra mlog a non menu-driven merged log search routine clog a non menu-driven copernicus data-base search routine alias subroutine of clog for accessing ALIAS database table 25-Aug A new version of kurget1 was implemented which correctly handles the variable spacing of Kurucz models at high temperatures. 11-Sep A bug was corrected in the implemented version of IFITSWRT.
IUESIPS REPROCESSINGAs the IUE 18th episode draws to an end, so does our processing of IUE images through IUESIPS. As of the beginning of September, NO MORE REPROCESSING OF ARCHIVAL IUE DATA WILL BE PERFORMED USING IUESIPS. Note that this affects IUESIPS only. The reprocessing of archival data through NEWSIPS to create the IUE Final Archive will continue. We will process the requests in hand, and of course all 18th episode NASA data taken through the end of September. Since we have received very few requests for archival IUESIPS processing, we don't expect this to affect our Guest Observers. However, if you believe that this will be a severe problem for your research, please contact us as soon as possible.
IUESIPS STATUSOver the last several weeks, we accumulated a large backlog of images to be processed through IUESIPS, largely due to problems with our ancient image display device. The IPC staff have been working hard to reduce the backlog. At present the backlog is equal to about 1 weeks worth of processing. If you have any questions about your recent images, please contact Cathy Imhoff (301-794-1470 or email@example.com).
NINETEENTH EPISODE PROCESSINGVILSPA will be processing all 19th episode data.
NEWSIPS STATUSWe are now processing LWP low-dispersion images taken after 1990. We should complete the available images in the next two or three weeks. VILSPA has finished processing their SWP and LWP low-dispersion images taken before 1990. We have received a shipment of LWP tapes, and NSSDC will be working on adding the data to the NDADS system. We will announce when the data become available.
If you consider just the spacecraft's orbit around the Earth since launch, IUE has travelled almost 11 A.U. - about 1 billion miles!
If you include the motion of the Earth and IUE around the
Sun, you can add in another 110 A.U.
Editor: Dr. Michael Carini Contributors: Mr. Randy Thompson Ms. Lyla Taylor Dr. Cathy Imhoff Ms. Karen Levay
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