LSST in the Congressional Record

May 17, 2013:  Watch the CSPAN video of U.S. Representative Jerry McNerney (D-Calif.) voicing support for LSST on the House floor (

LSST Represents AAS in May 2013 CNSF Exhibit

May 10, 2013

LSST exhibited at the 19th Annual Coalition for National Science Funding (CNSF) reception in the Rayburn House Office Building on May 7, 2013. The American Astronomical Society is a member of CNSF and sponsored LSST to participate in this year’s event with the theme: Investments in STEM Research and Education: Fueling American Innovation.

Chuck Claver Receives AURA Technology / Innovation Award

AURA announced LSST Systems Scientist Chuck Claver as one of the 2013 recipients of its Technology / Innovation Award (see He is being recognized for his outstanding contribution to LSST as Project Systems Engineer over the previous five years. For the complete story, visit     



Steve Kahn Named LSST Project Director

Washington March 12, 2013 -- AURA announced today that Dr. Steven M. Kahn will assume the role of Director of the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) Project effective July 1, 2013. Dr. Kahn will succeed Dr. Sidney C. Wolff and retain his current affiliation with SLAC and Stanford.

LSST AAS 221 Posters Online

11 LSST posters were put up (on time) at the Long Beach AAS Meeting and have been posted here for viewing or download. Most posters then went on to SLAC for the DESC meeting.  Many thanks to the poster authors and production team for yet another successful LSST poster session.

2013 LSST Holiday Schedule

January 1            Tuesday            New Year's Day

January 21          Monday             MLK / Civil Rights Day

February 22          Friday                 Rodeo Day (Tucson)

March 29              Friday                 Spring Day

Survey Results for AHM 2012

Results from the post-meeting survey of the 2012 LSST All Hands Meeting have been compiled, and a report summarizing the results can be viewed here. Overall, survey respondents reported a good, productive experience; however, some areas for improvement were identified. The organizing committee will consider ways to resolve those issues during the planning of future AHMs.

Thank you to all of the AHM attendees who took the time to complete the survey.

NSF Will Advance the LSST

With approval from the National Science Board, the National Science Foundation (NSF) Director will advance LSST to the final design stage. This action permits the Director to include funds for LSST construction in a future budget request.

Click here to read the full NSF press release.

AHM 2012 Registration Open

AURA Solicits Applications and Nominations for the Director, Large Synoptic Survey Telescope


Financial support for Rubin Observatory comes from the National Science Foundation (NSF) through Cooperative Support Agreement No. 1202910, the Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science under Contract No. DE-AC02-76SF00515, and private funding raised by the LSST Corporation. The NSF-funded Rubin Observatory Project Office for construction was established as an operating center under management of the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA).  The DOE-funded effort to build the the Rubin Observatory LSST Camera (LSSTCam) is managed by the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory (SLAC).
The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency created by Congress in 1950 to promote the progress of science. NSF supports basic research and people to create knowledge that transforms the future.
NSF and DOE will continue to support Rubin Observatory in its Operations phase. They will also provide support for scientific research with LSST data.   

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