sci24037 — Announcement

Gemini Strategic Planning — Request for Community Input

June 13, 2024

As we envision the future of Gemini Observatory, we recognize the importance of engaging with diverse voices within the astronomical community. To facilitate this dialogue, in May 2024 we hosted two Virtual Town Halls. During these town halls, we reviewed the upgrades to be completed by Gemini Observatory by 2028 and seek input on new instrumentation and major capabilities upgrades to continue advancing scientific discovery in the upcoming decade. A copy of the presentation can be found here. A recording is available at this link. The results of the Strategic Vision survey are available here.

In addition to the Town Halls, we invite the submission of Community Brief Recommendations

These concise reports, no more than two pages in length including figures, should address areas of growth and development that Gemini should consider, such as:

  1. Over the next 10–15 years, should Gemini develop new workhorse instruments for its two sites, or maintain a broad range of specialized instruments? What are the critical capabilities that the next generation of Gemini instruments should have?
  2. What synergies with other space- and ground-based missions should Gemini prioritize? What technical capabilities should be optimized to guarantee the success of these initiatives?
  3. What data and/or archive improvements would increase Gemini’s scientific return in the 2030s?
  4. How can Gemini pave the way for the US-ELTP and the Habitable Worlds Observatory?
  5. Gemini North will upgrade the MAOA/GLAO system in preparation for GIRMOS. What other instrument could Gemini develop to take advantage of the new AO capabilities?

Submissions should be sent to by 13 September 2024. Authors may be contacted for clarification or further input by the Gemini Chief Scientist, Elena Sabbi.

Your participation and feedback are invaluable as we shape the future of Gemini. Thank you for your support of our strategic planning process!

About the Announcement



Timelapse of the night sky over Gemini North

Credit: International Gemini Observatory/NOIRLab/NSF/AURA/J.Chu/J.Pollard