Policy 7 - NASA Needs for Support for Other Missions

Under special circumstances, JWST observations of a particular target may be required to support another NASA program. All such requests must originate in the appropriate program office and require the approval of the AA/SMD after consultation with the STScI. Approved observations shall be given special priority by the STScI but will be scheduled to minimize the impact on other observing programs.

If such observations of a particular target have already been included within an approved observing program, the observations will be developed in coordination with both the observers and with the appropriate NASA program team. The data will be made available simultaneously for use by NASA and by the approved observers. Publication rights will be limited to the approved JWST observers. JWST time spent on such observations will count against the time awarded to the investigator and will carry the approved exclusive access period.

If the requested observations have not been included in any approved observing program, the observational data may be used initially only for the NASA program. After this exclusive use period, which should be as short as possible, the data will be placed in STScI archives for later distribution in accordance with policies governing non-restricted JWST archive data.

Approved by:

Edward J. Weiler, Associate Administrator, Science Mission Directorate, NASA Headquarters.  1/5/2010

Paul Hertz, Chief Scientist, Science Mission Directorate, NASA Headquarters. 12/30/2009

Jon A. Morse, Director, Astrophysics Division, Science Mission Directorate, NASA Headquarters.   12/7/2009

Eric P. Smith, JWST Program Scientist, Science Mission Directorate, NASA Headquarters.  11/30/2009

In accordance with Contract NAS5-03127, Statement of Work, Section A.4, A.5, the following guidelines are policies promulgated by the NASA Associate Administrator (AA) for the Science Mission Directorate (SMD) with regard to the implementation of the JWST science mission. Any reference to JWST Program or Project refers to the NASA JWST Program or Project unless explicitly noted otherwise.


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