The Gemini Planet Imager’s (GPI’s) team just went through a 2-week review period which began on the July 8th. During the formal “sit-down review” at the University of California Santa Cruz, a total of 28 people, including staff from Gemini and the GPI project team, were physically attending the review and a number of others were participating remotely. A group picture was taken to immortalize this important moment in the life of this project (Thanks to Marshall Perrin).
Today the reviewers are expected to decide whether or not the instrument is ready to be shipped to Chile for installation on Gemini South. GPI’s main goal is to search and characterize exoplanets around nearby stars using the Gemini South telescope.