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Operations CXO Status Report

Friday 18 July 2008 8.30am EDT

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

A Chandra press release was issued on Jul 16 describing a new technique for measuring the mass of the super-massive black hole at the center of the giant elliptical galaxy NGC 4649. The new X-ray technique confirms that the super-massive black hole in NGC 4649 is one of the largest in the local universe with a mass about 3.4 billion times that of the Sun, about a thousand times bigger than the black hole at the center of our galaxy. For details see: http://chandra.harvard.edu/press/08_releases/press_071608.html

The targets recommended for acceptance from the Cycle-10 Peer Review were posted on schedule on July 11. For details see: http://cxc.harvard.edu/target_lists/cycle10/

The schedule of targets for the next week is shown below and includes observations of Sgr A* coordinated with the VLT.

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Radiation Belts                      Jul 22 
Carina Superbubble      ACIS-I
1.5deg_window           ACIS-I       Jul 23 
Radiation Belts                      Jul 24 
Carina Superbubble      ACIS-I       Jul 25 
Sgr A*                  ACIS-I
31 Com                  HRC-I        Jul 26 
Sgr A*                  ACIS-I
1.5deg_window           ACIS-I       Jul 27 
Radiation Belts

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All spacecraft subsystems continued to support nominal operations.

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