LSSTC: Preparing for Science

LSSTC: Preparing for Science

October 6, 2014 - The LSST Corporation (LSSTC) Board of Directors met with LSSTC Institutional Representatives in Tucson last week as the new fiscal year gets underway.   Now that LSST has its federal construction start, the LSST Project Office, an independent AURA Center, is responsible for building the facility and the LSSTC has a very separate role in optimizing science from the completed facility.  Under the leadership of Pat Eliason, the new Executive Officer of LSSTC, the Corporation will focus its efforts on Enabling Science, fundraising, and defining partnerships and plans for Operations.  The LSST Project Office will remain focused on the construction of the LSST facility as detailed in the baseline plan presented to the NSF and DOE federal funding agencies. 

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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