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NASA Astrophysics Data System
Entry ID: ADS

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Abstract: (Summary adapted from ADS homepage)

The Astrophysics Data System (ADS) is a NASA-funded project which maintains
four bibliographic databases containing more than 2.6 million records:
Astronomy and Astrophysics, Instrumentation, Physics and Geophysics, and
preprints in Astronomy. The main body of data in the ADS consists of
bibliographic records, which are ... View entire text
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Description: The Center for Astrophysics combines the resources and research facilities of
the Harvard College Observatory and the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory
under a single director to pursue studies of those basic physical processes
that determine the nature and evolution of the universe. The Smithsonian
Astrophysical Observatory (SAO) is a bureau of the Smithsonian Institution,
founded in 1890. The Harvard College Observatory (HCO), founded in 1839, is a
research institution of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University,
and provides facilities and substantial other support for teaching activities
of the Department of Astronomy. The long relationship between the two
organizations, which began when the SAO moved its headquarters to Cambridge in
1955, was formalized by the establishment of a joint center in 1973.

Today, some 300 Smithsonian and Harvard scientists cooperate in broad programs
of astrophysical research supported by Federal appropriations and University
funds as well as contracts and grants from government agencies. These
scientific investigations, touching on almost all major topics in astronomy,
are organized into seven divisions.

Description: The Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (SAO) is a "research institute" of
the Smithsonian Institution headquartered in Cambridge, MA, where it is joined
with the Harvard College Observatory (HCO) to form the Harvard-Smithsonian
Center for Astrophysics (CfA). More than 300 scientists at the CfA are engaged
in a broad program of research in astronomy, astrophysics, earth and space
sciences, and science education. Because many of these research activities
share Harvard and Smithsonian staff and resources, several of the "SAO" links
at this website will take you to information posted on joint "CfA" pages.
Service Citation
Originators: Murray, S.S., Eichhorn, G.
Title: NASA ADS Abstract Service
Release_Date: 1993
Provider: Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory
Service Keywords

Access Constraints no access constraints
Use Constraints For personal use only
No bulk downloading allowed
Copyright of all material is with the publishers
Ancillary Keywords
Bibliographic Service
Digital Library

Service Provider
HARVARD-SI/CFA/ADS > NASA Astrophysics Data System, Center For Astrophysics, Harvard-Smithsonian Supplemental Info
Service Organization URL:

Service Provider Personnel
Phone: 617-495-7260
Fax: 617-496-7577
Email: gei at
Contact Address:
Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory
60 Garden Street
City: Cambridge
Province or State: MA
Postal Code: 02138
Country: USA
Distribution Media
Distribution_Media: HTML
Distribution_Format: TEXT
Fees: none
Phone: 617-495-7260
Fax: 617-496-7577
Email: gei at
Contact Address:
Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory
60 Garden Street
City: Cambridge
Province or State: MA
Postal Code: 02138
Country: USA
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SERF Last Revision Date: 2008-12-16
Future SERF Review Date: 2009-12-15
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