This major undertaking has received generous technical and scientific support from many individuals. The NRAO staff has provided extremely valuable assistance in many aspects of the observations themselves and in the area of software support; in particular, we are grateful to Rick Perley, Ken Sowinski, Barry Clark, and Bill Cotton in this regard. The support of the NRAO Director, Paul van den Bout, and the yeoman service provided by Frazer Owen as Chair of the Survey Oversight Committee are also greatly appreciated. We also thank the members of the Oversight Committee (Ken Chambers, Eric Feigelson, Jackie Hewitt, Gillian Knapp, and Rogier Windhorst) for their time and wise counsel in this enterprise. Acknowledgement is also due our colleagues who are involved in the ongoing FIRST effort, including Richard McMahon, Michael Gregg, Yihan Fang and Rick Perley. This work was supported in part under the auspices of the Department of Energy by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory under contract No. W-7405-ENG-48 and the Institute for Geophysics and Planetary Physics whose associate director Charles Alcock has been particularly supportive. We also acknowledge a generous planning grant from the CalSpace Institute, support from the STScI archive group and STScI director Bob Williams, computing resources from Columbia University, and a recently announced award from the National Geographic Society which, in the spirit of their support 40 years ago for the Palomar Observatory Sky Survey, will be providing funds to continue our charting of the Universe.
This is Contribution Number 555 of the Columbia Astrophysics Laboratory.