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1 March 2023

PRIMA Science Community Workshop from 21–22 March 2023

PRIMA (The Probe Far Infrared Mission for Astrophysics) is a concept for a space telescope mission in the far infrared (25–260 µm), to be submitted later this year to the NASA Announcement of Opportunity for an Astrophysics Probe Explorer (APEX) [PDF] mission. In overall observing time allocation, PRIMA will be primarily a General Observer (GO) mission, and the PRIMA Development and Science Teams welcome all astronomers interested in science enabled by far-infrared observations to participate.

The PRIMA teams invite interested parties to join the Second PRIMA Community Workshop on Tuesday-Wednesday 21–22 March 2023. It will be held virtually, 11a–3p Eastern/10a–2p Central/9a–1p Mountain/8a–12p Pacific on both days.

Participants will have an opportunity to present their science case by showing a couple of slides in a breakout session. Following the workshop, they will be invited to expand it into a brief (2–3 pages) contribution with a due date in June. These contributions, and others from the community, will be assembled into a PRIMA Science Book to be published on astro-ph arXiv in the fall, with authorship credit for each science case. The goal is to highlight the rich diversity of research topics that the PRIMA GO Program will enable.

Detailed information and a link for registration are available on the Workshop page on the PRIMA website. Be sure to register to receive the Zoom connection information and further details. If you can’t attend the Workshop but would like to contribute to the Science Book, please register anyway to receive these details.

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