September 2, 2010
The withdrawal of the UK from the Gemini partnership after 2013 requires a reduction in the Gemini budget for operations and maintenance. Over the past six months, the Gemini Observatory has worked with the Gemini Board to develop a transition plan that accomplishes this reduction and maintains essential service to the Gemini partners. The Gemini Board has reviewed and discussed this plan and is now requesting public comment. Larry Ramsey, Chair of the Gemini Board has stated "The Gemini Board of Directors has worked with the observatory leadership since this last March on several iterations of this Transition Plan. While some aspects in this plan may well change, the Board feels it is appropriate at this time to make it public in the interest of transparency and informing the Gemini partner communities."
Community input is desired. Please submit your comment via the link below. AURA and the Gemini Observatory and the Gemini Board will take all comments into consideration in finalizing the long range plan for Gemini. Please submit comments by November 1st. We will provide a summary of comments and responses at a later date.
Gemini Transition Plan