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New Initiative will Advance Science with Rubin Observatory

Wednesday, August 25, 2021
Photo of Rubin Observatory taken from above by a drone. The observatory has a white dome and a long support building that extends to the left of the dome. The observatory is on a dry, brown mountain top with other mountains stretching into the distance.

August 25, 2021 - Rubin Observatory is pleased to share the news of a major initiative that will result in new software to analyze the datasets from Rubin Observatory’s Legacy Survey of Space and Time (LSST). The effort will be led by LSST Corporation member institutions Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Washington. The Community Science and Data Center (CSDC) at NSF's NOIRLab will collaborate with the team to make the software freely available to the entire astrophysics community.

A significant donation from Schmidt Futures will fund the effort, which will have a major impact on maximizing the science that can be done with Rubin Observatory and the LSST. Rubin Observatory will produce an unprecedented data set through the LSST. To take advantage of this opportunity, the LSST Corporation created the LSST Interdisciplinary Network for Collaboration and Computing (LINCC), whose launch was announced on 9 August 2021 at the Rubin Observatory Project and Community Workshop. A primary goal of LINCC, jointly based at Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Washington, is to create new and improved analysis techniques that can accommodate the scale and complexity of the data, creating meaningful and useful pipelines of discovery for LSST data.

The full press release announcing this initiative is available at this link.

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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