EDP Sciences
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Volume 376, Number 1, September II 2001
Page(s) 359 - 380
Section Instruments, observational techniques and data processing
DOI https://doi.org/10.1051/0004-6361:20010923
Published online 15 September 2001

A&A 376, 359-380 (2001)
DOI: 10.1051/0004-6361:20010923

Definition of the Flexible Image Transport System (FITS)

R. J. Hanisch1, A. Farris1, E. W. Greisen2, W. D. Pence3, B. M. Schlesinger4, P. J. Teuben5, R. W. Thompson6 and A. Warnock III7

1  Space Telescope Science Institute, 3700 San Martin Drive, Baltimore, MD 21218, USA
2  National Radio Astronomy Observatory
3  NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
4  Raytheon ITSS
5  University of Maryland
6  Computer Sciences Corporation
7  A/WWW Enterprises

(Received 29 May 2001 / Accepted 21 June 2001 )

The Flexible Image Transport System -FITS -has been in use in the astronomical community for over two decades. A newly updated version of the standard has recently been approved by the International Astronomical Union FITS Working Group. This new version of the standard appears here in its entirety. As a preface we briefly describe the process by which the standard evolves and revisions are approved, and note two minor changes to NOST 100-2.0 which were adopted by the IAU FWG.

Key words: instrumentation: miscellaneous -- methods: miscellaneous -- techniques: miscellaneous -- astronomical databases: miscellaneous

Offprint request: R. J. Hanisch, hanisch@stsci.edu

© ESO 2001

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