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Operations CXO Status Report

Friday 16 May 2008 9.00am EDT

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

The results from the 2008 Senior Review were released on May 14 and Chandra placed second out of ten in the rankings with a numerical score of 9.1 out of 10. The panel recommended funding the program at the in-guide level. Given the tight budget environment and the range of mission sizes under review coupled with the requirement to rank on a science per dollar basis, this is an excellent result.

A real-time procedure was completed on May 14 to update the on-board Ephemeris.

A Chandra press release was issued on May 14 as a media telecon. The release announced that the most recent supernova in our Galaxy, G1.9+0.3, has been discovered by tracking the rapid expansion of its remains. This result, using Chandra and the VLA, has implications for understanding how often supernovas explode in the Milky Way galaxy. For details see: http://chandra.harvard.edu/press/08_releases/press_051408.html

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

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4U 1850-087 ACIS-S/LETG May 16 GBSGTO1 (10 obs) ACIS-I May 17 GBSGTO2 (11 obs) ACIS-I GBSGTO3 (3 obs) ACIS-I GBSGTO5 ACIS-I Radiation Belts May 18 GBSGTO3 (8 obs) ACIS-I GBSGTO6 (11 obs) ACIS-I GBSGTO5 (10 obs) ACIS-I May 19 GBSGTO4 (8 obs) ACIS-I AWM 4 ACIS-S Radiation Belts May 20 Carina South Pilla ACIS-I May 21 X1822-371 ACIS-S/HETG Carina South Pilla ACIS-I May 22 Alpha Centauri HRC-I GBSGTO4 (3 obs) ACIS-I AX J165707-4255 ACIS-S May 23 Carina South Pilla ACIS-I Radiation Belts Carina South Pilla ACIS-I May 23 X1822-371 ACIS-S/HETG May 24 NGC 6402 ACIS-S May 25 AX J153818-5541 HRC-I Carina Superbubble ACIS-I

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All spacecraft subsystems continued to support nominal operations.

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