LSST will be a game changer for astronomy. As a consequence, the complex structure of the LSST universe reflects the size and scale of the project. The LSST structure is consists of a number of interacting components.
The LSST Project: is the entity supported by the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy, and LSST Corporation to design and construct the facility. The internal structure of LSST Project will change once survey operations begin in 2022, with different people joining the team and team members changing roles and responsibilities: Project will morph into LSST Operations. Within The LSST Project the Project Science Team (PST) includes key scientists who provide specific necessary expertise and who carry out scientific performance investigations.
The LSST Corporation (Corp, or LSSTC): is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 corporation formed to initiate the LSST Project and advance the science of astronomy and physics. It will help provide the funding of LSST in it's operational phase. Presently LSSTC supports the science community in it's work preparing for LSST through a number of funded initiatives, including the Enabling Science program and the LSST Data Science Fellowship Program, and funds a platform for communication for the Science Collaborations.
The LSST Science Collaborations (LSSTSC): are independent and worldwide communities of scientists, self-organized into eight collaborations based on their research interests. The LSSTSCs were formed in 2008 to help develop the science case for LSST (encapsulated in the LSST Science Book) and advise on the design of the LSST survey. Today, they prepare the scientific community for the advent of LSST, and continue to advise LSST Project on the operational strategies and data products to accomplish specific science goals, recommending strategic decisions.
The LSST Science Advisory Committee (SAC) is a group of scientists familiar with LSST and external to the LSST Project. The SAC advises the LSST Director on both policy questions and technical topics of interest to the Project and the science community. The SAC has public meeting reports, and always welcomes your suggestions and concerns from the scientific community.
The LSSTC Board of Directors (Executive Board) includes representatives from the Institutional Members and International Contributors, and it oversees the LSSTC involvement in the design, construction, and commissioning of the facility and, when completed, in it's operation.
Here you can find detailed information about each component of the LSST ecosystem, including ways to connect and communicate with them.
Financial support for LSST comes from the National Science Foundation (NSF) through Cooperative Agreement No. 1258333, the Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science under Contract No. DE-AC02-76SF00515, and private funding raised by the LSST Corporation. The NSF-funded LSST Project Office for construction was established as an operating center under management of the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA). The DOE-funded effort to build the LSST camera is managed by the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory (SLAC).
The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency created by Congress in 1950 to promote the progress of science. NSF supports basic research and people to create knowledge that transforms the future.
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