Gemini data link celebrated in four-way event

August 09, 2002

An international team of astronomers will introduce a new data link creating a seven-country "cyber observatory" through the new high-speed Internet connection between the twin Gemini telescopes in Hawaii and Chile. The link will be introduced August 13 at the National Science Foundation (NSF) in Arlington, Va., at Florida International University in Miami, Fla., and at the telescope headquarters in Hilo, Hawaii, and La Serena, Chile. The Gemini Observatory will also announce a sister cities teacher exchange.

Networks already existed to transmit large amounts of astronomical data within the United States and in several other nations, but connections across many international boundaries have taken longer to develop. The new connection, in the works for five years, allows live-time remote observations and scientific data sharing generated by the instruments on either telescope to scientists around the world without leaving their offices. The link was enabled with funding from NSF, an Internet portal to South American research institutions provided by Florida International University, and Internet2, a university research and development consortium.

The Gemini 8-meter telescopes were built and are operated by an international partnership of seven nations. NSF serves as executive agency for the partnership.

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For more information or to register, contact: Amber Jones, NSF (703) 292-8070/aljones@nsf.gov
Peter Michaud, Gemini, (808) 974-2510/pmichaud@gemini.edu

* For directions, see: http://www.nsf.gov/home/visit/visitjump.htm

National Science Foundation

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