August 18, 2017 - LSST 2017 took place this week in Tucson, AZ, bringing together more than 200 of the scientists, engineers, educators, and administrators working hard to make LSST a reality. The LSST team is distributed all over the world; this annual meeting draws a broad group of participants and offers numerous venues—both formal and informal—to share ideas and brainstorm solutions. With LSST Science Operations scheduled to begin in October 2022, LSST 2017 focused on the upcoming integration of hardware and software components across the project, as well as detailed planning for LSST Commissioning.
Financial support for Rubin Observatory comes from the National Science Foundation (NSF) through Cooperative Agreement No. 1258333, 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 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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