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Operations CXO Status Report

Friday 23 June 2006 9.00am EDT

During the last week Chandra completed the observing schedule as planned.

A Chandra media telecon was held on June 21 describing observations of the galactic black hole system GRO J1655-40 that show for the first time that powerful magnetic fields are the key to understanding how energy is released from the regions surrounding these ubiquitous objects. For details see: http://chandra.harvard.edu/press/06_releases/press_062106.html

A second press release was issued on June 20 describing studies of the jet in the quasar 3C273 that show that the most energetic radiation from the jet arises through direct radiation from extremely energetic particles (synchrotron radiation) rather than via the scattering of microwave background photons (inverse Compton radiation). For details see: http://chandra.harvard.edu/press/06_releases/press_062006.html

Also of note last week was the Cycle 8 Peer Review that was held in Boston.

The schedule of targets for next week is shown below and includes observations of M81 and IRAS 19132+1035 coordinated with the VLA.

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UGC5959 ACIS-S Jun 25 M33 Field 6 ACIS-I Radiation Belts Jun 27 Deep GCS 12 ACIS-I Abell 1995 Field 3 ACIS-I UGC4956 ACIS-S Jun 28 M87 ACIS-S Deep GCS 12 ACIS-I AX J1907.4+0549 ACIS-I M81* ACIS-S/HETG NGC 3593 ACIS-S Jun 29 RXCJ0334-5342 ACIS-I A3164 ACIS-I Radiation Belts S0463 ACIS-I Jun 30 S0463 ACIS-I M33 Field 6 ACIS-I UGC6946 ACIS-S Jul 1 Deep GCS 12 ACIS-I 1E 1547.0-5408 ACIS-I IRAS 19132+1035 ACIS-S Radiation Belts Jul 2 4U 1636-53 ACIS-S/HETG Hen 3-1141 ACIS-S Jul 3

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All spacecraft subsystems continued to support nominal operations.

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