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Operations CXO Status Report

Friday 23 May 2008 9.00am EDT

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

A press release was issued on May 21 describing a serendipitous observation with SWIFT of a bright X-ray outburst in the galaxy NGC 2770. The outburst marked the very early stages of the supernova explosion SN 2008D. Chandra observations helped show that this was a normal supernova rather than one associated with a gamma ray burst. They were also used to help calculate the variation of the supernova's X-ray emission with time, allowing estimates to be made of the radius of the star that exploded and the mass-loss rate just before the explosion. For details see:

On note this week was the Chandra Quarterly Review conducted on May 20-21 in Cambridge.

The schedule of targets for the next week is shown below and includes an observation of M31 coordinated with HST.

Radiation Belts May 26 SHB 080503 ACIS-S G21.5-09 ACIS-S SDSS J0051-0102 ACIS-S May 27 Sirius B HRC-S/LETG NGC 6139 ACIS-S Carina Superbubble ACIS-I May 28 K 1632-477 HRC-I G21.5-09[S3,-120,1 ACIS-S AX J184738-0156 ACIS-S Radiation Belts Carina Superbubble ACIS-I May 29 AX J162011-5002 ACIS-S NGC 6611 ACIS-I 3CRR 14 ACIS-S May 30 NGC 1904 ACIS-S Carina Superbubble ACIS-I Radiation Belts May 31 Carina Superbubble ACIS-I J0447.8-4112 ACIS-I Jun 1 M31 ACIS-I RRAT J1819-1458 ACIS-S AX J183206-0938 ACIS-S AX J191046+0917 ACIS-S ESO 575-59 ACIS-I RXJ1131-1231 ACIS-S SDSS J1532+4727 ACIS-S Jun 2 3C323.1 ACIS-S 3CRR 368 ACIS-S 3CRR 13 ACIS-S 3C18 ACIS-S


All spacecraft subsystems continued to support nominal operations.

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