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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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