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ASDC Newsletter #2



The ASDC is a facility managed by the Exploration and Observation of the Universe unit of ASI, which is part of the ASI-Technical Directorate. It acts in close cooperation with the National Institute of Astrophysics (INAF), with the participation of the National Institute of Nuclear Physics (INFN) and a number of Universities in Italy.

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ASDCNews from ASI and INAF

The agreement ("Protocollo Aggiuntivo alla Convenzione Quadro") between ASI and INAF for the provision of scientific and technical activities to ASDC has been recently extended till the end of 2013. The document, signed last December by the ASI President Ing. Enrico Saggese and by the INAF President, Prof. Tommaso Maccacaro, represents an important milestone in the collaboration between ASI and INAF in the field of space data handling.  ( more)




The 2011 "Bruno Rossi" prize

The 2011 AAS-HEAD "Bruno Rossi" prize has been assigned to B. Atwood, P. Michelson and the Fermi LAT team which include several members at the ASDC. After BeppoSAX in 1998 and Swift in 2007, this is the third time that members of the ASDC win the Rossi Prize!





Data Explorer

The ASDC Data Explorer Tool

The ASDC Data Explorer is a tool designed to allow ASDC users to explore regions of the sky or "error circles" of sources with position poorly known using many ASDC internal catalogs as well as external ones. This tool can be accessed through the ASDC home page (, from the 'Multi Mission Archive' and 'Tools' main menu tabs, and from the 'Sky Explorer' panel at the bottom left corner of the main ASDC home page. ( more)



Planck ERCSCPlanck early results in the ASDC tools

On January 11, 2011 the first data products from the ESA’s Planck cosmology mission were officially released. This initial set of data and results, based on observations carried out between August 13, 2009 and June 6, 2010, include the “Early Release Compact Source Catalogue (ERCSC)”, consisting of high significance Galactic and extragalactic compact sources detected in the 9 Planck frequency bands, “the Early Sunyaev-Zel’dovich (ESZ) Cluster Catalogue”, a list of 189 galaxy cluster candidates detected through the SZ effect, and  ( more)





New release of the Swift-XRT Data Analysis Software

A new release of the Swift X-Ray Telescope Data Analysis Software (XRTDAS, v. 2.6.0), designed and developed under the responsibility of the ASDC, is available here as part of the HEASoft 6.10 package distributed by the NASA HEASARC. The most important changes included in this new version of XRTDAS are: Generation of Ancillary Response Files (ARFs) for extended sources (Photon Counting readout mode); Generation of Exposure Maps for data taken during the spacecraft settling phases (Windowed Timing readout mode) ( more)




AGILE C-3AGILE Cycle-3 Guest Observer Data and reprocessed public archive now available

The AGILE Data Center announces that Cycle-3 Guest Observer data from December 1, 2009 to November 30, 2010, and the reprocessed Cycle-1 and Cycle-2 public archive are now available. On November 9, 2010 all Cycle-3 Guest Observers of the third AGILE Announcement of Opportunity issued by ASI (AO3) have been invited via email to login from the AGILE Data Center home page to the Guest Observer Program area  ( more)



New Dialogues on the origin of the Universe
Men always ask questions about the origin of the universe and its evolution. The great advances in technology improved greatly our knowledge of the universe, even more recently through increasingly sophisticated space missions. To possibly build a bridge connection between people from different disciplines (science, arts, theology, philosophy), the Italian Space Agency (ASI) and the Pontificial Council for Culture  ( more)