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Operations CXO Status Report

Friday 1 March 2002 

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

Chandra completed the last eclipe of the 2002 spring season on February 24 with nominal power and thermal performance. On February 25 a real time procedure was carried out to return the electrical power system parameters to their default, medium eclipse, settings.

On February 26, a calibration of the Aspect Camera Assembly's dark current was carried out by means of stored command loads, and was monitored in real time. This was the first time the calibration was automated in the daily loads, a significant accomplishment that makes it possible to schedule ACA dark current calibrations more frequently than previously, when real time commanding was used.

A press release was issued on February 27 featuring a pulsating X-ray hot spot on Jupiter that challenges existing theories of Jupiter's X-ray emission. See http://chandra.harvard.edu/press/02_releases/press_022702.html

The observing schedule for the next week is shown below. It includes an observation of 4U 1728-34 coordinated with BeppoSAX.

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RCW103 ACIS-S Mar 3 AX J1844-02 HRC-I Radiation Belts 4U 1728-34 ACIS-S/HETG Mar 4 3EG J1835+5918 ACIS-S NGC 1265 ACIS-S Mar 5 Q0134+329 ACIS-S Mar 6 Radiation Belts V 410 TAU ACIS-S Mar 7 0745+241 ACIS-S SDSS091316+591921 ACIS-S NGC 4136 X-1 ACIS-S IC 3599 ACIS-S LBQS 1208+1535 ACIS-S NGC 3507 ACIS-S LBQS 1205+1436 ACIS-S Mar 8 Q1143-245 ACIS-S 1258-321 ACIS-S ESO3060170-B ACIS-I ESO3060170-A ACIS-I Radiation Belts Mar 9 Puppis N Knot ACIS-S MACSJ0417.5-1154 ACIS-I Mar 10 MACSJ0308.9+2645 ACIS-I NRGB045 ACIS-I

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All spacecraft subsystems continued to operate nominally.

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