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Operations CXO Status Report

Friday 11 October 2002 9.00am EDT

The entire Chandra team was thrilled to hear that Riccardo Giacconi was awarded the Nobel for Physics in recognition "for pioneering contributions to astrophysics, which have led to the discovery of cosmic X-ray sources". Riccardo, together with Harvey Tananbaum, proposed AXAF to NASA in 1976 and he chaired the Science Working Group until 1981. Full details may be found at: http://www.nobel.se/physics/laureates/2002/index.html.

During the last week the observing schedule was replanned to include an observation of the Gamma Ray Burster GRB020531 that was accepted as a 24 hour turn-around Target Of Opportunity (TOO) on 4 October. The schedule was replanned to include the 80ks observation with ACIS-S/HETG and the impacted observations of RCS0224-0002 and MR2251-178 will rescheduled in a later load.

A real-time procedure was completed on Oct 8 to update the on-board ephemeris. Of note this week was a briefing from the Chandra IAR to NASA HQ on their 2002 review of the program. The IAR presents to the MSFC PMC on Oct 16.

The observing schedule for next week is shown below and includes observations of Eta Carinae and M31 coordinated with the Hubble Space Telescope.

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Q0037-3544 ACIS-S Oct 13 ESO5520200 ACIS-I Oct 14 M31-T1 ACIS-I Radiation Belts 3C 6.1 ACIS-S Oct 15 AX J2002.7-3300 ACIS-S MXB 1659-298 ACIS-S Eta Carinae ACIS-S/HETG Oct 16 Radiation Belts Oct 17 MACS-J1621.3+3810 ACIS-I Abell 160 ACIS-I Oct 18 Abell 399 ACIS-I HS 0848+1119 ACIS-S Oct 19 0923+392 ACIS-S A1682 ACIS-I Radiation Belts MACSJ0547.0-3904 ACIS-I Oct 20 MACSJ1931.8-2634 ACIS-I

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All spacecraft subsystems continued to operate nominally.

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