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The Role of Project Science in the Chandra X-Ray ObservatoryThe Chandra X-Ray Observatory, one of NASA's Great Observatories, has an outstanding record of scientific and technical success. This success results from the efforts of a team comprising NASA, its contractors, the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, the instrument groups, and other elements of the scientific community, including thousands of scientists who utilize this powerful facility for astrophysical research. We discuss the role of NASA Project Science in the formulation, development, calibration, and operation of the Chandra X-ray Observatory. In addition to representing the scientific community within the Project, Project Science performed what we term "science systems engineering". This activity encompasses translation of science requirements into technical requirements and assessment of the scientific impact of programmatic and technical trades. We briefly describe several examples of science systems engineering conducted by Chandra Project Science.
Document ID
Document Type
Conference Paper
O'Dell, Stephen L.
(NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Huntsville, AL, United States)
Weisskopf, Martin C.
(NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Huntsville, AL, United States)
Date Acquired
August 23, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 2006
Subject Category
Meeting Information
SPIE International Symposium: Astronomical Telescopes and Instrumentation 2006(Orlando, FL)
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Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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