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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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