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Operations CXO Status Report

Friday 11 December 2009 9.00am EDT

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

Chandra passed through the fifth and sixth eclipses of the 2009 winter season on Dec 7 and 9 respectively, with nominal power and thermal performance.

A real-time procedure was completed on Dec 8 to update the on-board ephemeris.

A Chandra image release was issued on Dec 10 of NGC 6872 and IC 4970, two galaxies in the process of merging. This composite image of data from Chandra, Spitzer and ESO's Very Large Telescope shows that IC 4970 has stripped cold gas from NGC 6872 and is using it to feed its growing black hole. For details see: http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/2009/ngc6872/

The schedule of targets for the next week is shown below

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LkCa4 ACIS-S Dec 13 CassiopeiaA HRC-I PKS0605-085 ACIS-S Superantennae ACIS-S Dec 14 Radiation Belts CassiopeiaA HRC-I Dec 15 3C326W ACIS-I M87 ACIS-S Procyon HRC-S/LETG CassiopeiaA HRC-I Dec 16 PKS0605-085 ACIS-S Radiation Belts Dec 17 M31 HRC-I SDSSJ211824.06+0017 ACIS-S Dec 18 SDSSJ141454.13-0208 ACIS-S 2PIGG_m1746 ACIS-I 2PIGG_m1381 ACIS-I KUG0743+513 ACIS-S SDSSJ081239.52+4836 ACIS-S SDSSJ085946.92+3923 ACIS-S SDSSJ094209.15+5207 ACIS-S SDSSJ080629.80+2419 ACIS-S SDSSJ081550.23+2506 ACIS-S SDSSJ085451.27+3053 ACIS-S SDSSJ1454+0324 ACIS-S Dec 19 Superantennae ACIS-S SDSSJ165543.24+3945 ACIS-S Superantennae ACIS-S A1961 ACIS-S Radiation Belts Dec 20 CassiopeiaA HRC-I

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All spacecraft subsystems continued to support nominal operations.

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