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Operations CXO Status Report

Friday 15 August 2003 7.30am EDT

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

On 9 Aug Chandra completed the 6th and last eclipse of the Summer 2003 season with nominal power and thermal performance.

A Chandra image release of the Horseshoe nebula was made on Aug 14. The image reveals hot gas flowing away from massive young stars in the center of the nebula. For details see: http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/2003/m17/index.html.

Of note was the release on Aug 6 of the CIAO 3.0 analysis software system together with CALDB 2.23. This is a major infrastructure release that includes a new port to MacOS X, a set of high priority new tools and access to many of the CIAO modules via S-Lang to enhance scripting capabilities for users. For details, see: http://cxc.harvard.edu/ciao/.

The observing schedule for next week is shown below and includes a 30Ks observation of the TOO Her X-1.

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HCG80 ACIS-S Aug 18 MACS1423.8+2404 ACIS-S NGC5005 ACIS-S Aug 19 NGC 5204 X-1 ACIS-S Radiation Belts Vela Pulsar (2 obs) ACIS-S Aug 20 A1118-616 ACIS-S Aug 21 W50-WEST ACIS-I MACS-J1621.3+3810 ACIS-I Aug 22 Radiation Belts SDSS J002305-010743.5 ACIS-S Aug 23 MACS-J0257.1-2325 ACIS-I RCW 49 ACIS-I G293.8+0.6 ACIS-S Aug 24 SC1327-312 ACIS-I Her X-1 ACIS-S/HETG SDSS J031427-011152.4 ACIS-S Aug 25 SDSS J002752+002615.8 ACIS-S

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All spacecraft subsystems, with the exception of the MUPS thruster A-1 under investigation, continued to operate nominally.

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