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Operations CXO Status Report

Friday 23 July 2007 9.00am EDT

On July 23, we celebrated the 8th anniversary of Chandra's launch and 8 years of successful scientific operations. The spacecraft and instruments continue to operate superbly well and we look forward with excitement to the coming year of science discovery!

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

A ground system anomaly resulted in a missed pass on July 23 however the ground team was able to return the system to operations in time for the next contact and no science data were lost.

A Chandra press release was issued on Jul 24 describing new results that show that supermassive black holes grow more rapidly in young galaxy clusters. These "fast-track" supermassive black holes can have a big influence on the galaxies and clusters that they live in. For further details see: http://chandra.harvard.edu/press/07_releases/press_072407.html

In addition, a new Chandra podcast was released in conjunction with the 8 year anniversary of launch. The podcast can be downloaded at: http://chandra.harvard.edu/resources/podcasts/

The schedule of targets for the next week is shown below.

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IGR J19308+0530 HRC-I Jul 29 GBW19 ACIS-I GBW20 ACIS-I Jul 30 GBW21 ACIS-I GBW22 ACIS-I GBW23 ACIS-I RXJ1131-1231 ACIS-S M87 ACIS-S M31 ACIS-I Radiation Belts Jul 31 LHA 120-N 11 ACIS-I IGR J17407-2808 ACIS-S Aug 1 GBW24 ACIS-I GBW25 ACIS-I GBW26 ACIS-I GBW27 ACIS-I Aug 2 GBW28 ACIS-I GBW30 ACIS-I GBW29 ACIS-I Radiation Belts RXJ1648.7+6019 ACIS-S Aug 3 AX J1845-0258 ACIS-S Aug 4 RS Ophiuchi ACIS-S J1911+00 ACIS-I Aug 5

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All spacecraft subsystems continued to support nominal operations.

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