If your science project requires observations from both HST and the Chandra X-ray Observatory
, you can submit a single proposal to request time on both observatories to either the HST Cycle 24 or the Chandra Cycle 18 review. This avoids the “double jeopardy” of having to submit proposals to two separate reviews.
By agreement with the Chandra X-ray Center
(CXC), STScI will be able to award up to 400 kiloseconds of Chandra observing time. Similarly the CXC will be able to award up to 100 orbits of HST time to highly rated proposals awarded Chandra time in its TAC process. The only criterion above and beyond the usual review criteria is that the project must be fundamentally of a multi-wavelength nature, and that both sets of data are required to meet the science goals. It is not essential that the project requires simultaneous Chandra and HST observations. Chandra time will only be awarded in conjunction with new HST observations (and should not be proposed for in conjunction with an AR or Theory Proposal).
Proposals for combined HST and Chandra observations should be submitted to the observatory that represents the prime science (not to both observatories). STScI reserves the right to disallow HST observations that duplicate those in joint HST-Spitzer or HST-XMM unless the duplications are justified in the original proposals
. The Chandra Cycle 18 deadline is 15 March 2016 at 6 pm EDT.
While there is multi-wavelength expertise in the review panels for both observatories, typically the HST panels will be stronger in IR/optical/UV science and the Chandra panels in X-ray science.
Establishing the technical feasibility of the Chandra observations is the responsibility of the PI, who should review the Chandra documentation or consult with the CXC. A description of the technical information that should be included in the proposal is given in Section 9.4.1
. For proposals that are approved, the CXC will perform detailed feasibility checks in Chandra Cycle 18. The CXC reserves the right to reject any previously approved observation that proves infeasible, impossible to schedule, and/or dangerous to the Chandra instruments. Any Chandra observations that prove infeasible or impossible could jeopardize the overall science program and may cause revocation of the corresponding HST observations. Duplicate Chandra observations may also be rejected by the CXC.