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Declaring an AOR to be Failed

How to request that AORs be declared failed

  • Ensure that, as per Spitzer Observing Rule Section 12, it is still within 2 months of your having received your data.
  • Ensure that you are the program Principal Investigator (PI) or Technical Contact (TC) -- only the PI or TC can submit a request to declare an observation as failed.
  • Write a justification for declaring this observation failed. Explain why and how your science cannot be accomplished with the existing data. Include a discussion of the expected and actual S/N estimates for the AOR(s) in question.
  • Email a request to the Spitzer Helpdesk including :
    • program id (or username) and AOR label for the program/AOR(s) in question
    • the explanation and justification of the change(s) as described above
Modifications are contingent upon approval by the SSC Director, or designee. (How to appeal a decision.)

The SSC Director reserves the right, in cases where the request for a repeated observation is approved, to place the failed/degraded observations into the public archive immediately. The request for a repeated observation will not be granted when the PI has committed an error in specifying the AOR.

Upon receiving approval:

  • Launch Spot and view your approved program (under the "File" menu, choose "View Program").
  • Copy your failed AOR(s) using Spot, and create new AOR(s) with different label(s).
  • From the "File" menu, choose "Check-In Program" to resubmit your AORs. Note that this information goes to a DIFFERENT database than your previously-approved AORs. So, if you turn right around and "View Program" immediately, your old AORs will still be present. The new information will propagate to the approved programs database as soon as your changes are verified by Science User Support.
  • Send a follow-up email to the helpdesk explaining what you did and why. A separate mail is extremely useful for tracking changes.

For more information, see Spitzer Observing Rules Section 12.