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Operations CXO Status Report

Friday 19 February 2010 9.00am EDT

During the last week the observing schedule was replanned to include a 23 ks observation of the source U Scorpii that was accepted as a fast turn-around Target Of Opportunity (TOO) on Feb 12. Loads were replanned to remove observations of 0FGL J1821.4-1444, PGC1217593, and SDSS J144052.60-0235, which will be rescheduled in future weeks. The replanned loads were uplinked on Feb 13.

Chandra passed through a 35 minute, penumbra-only lunar eclipse on Feb 13 with nominal power and thermal performance. The eclipse was monitored in real-time. Real-time procedure were executed to disable SCS-29 and to set the short-eclipse flag to false (medium) on Feb 13 following the completion of the eclipse.

A Chandra press release was issued on Feb 17 describing new findings from Chandra that have provided a major advance in understanding a type of supernova critical for studying the dark energy that astronomers think pervades the universe. The results show mergers of two dense stellar remnants are the likely cause of many of the supernovae that have been used to measure the accelerated expansion of the universe. For details see: http://chandra.harvard.edu/press/10_releases/press_021710.html

The schedule of targets for the next week is shown below and includes an observation of VCS2 J0109+6133 accepted as a TOO on Feb 17 and observations of LHS 2065 and DE Tau coordinated with HST.

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Radiation Belts                     Feb 21
VCS2J0109+6133         ACIS-S
cl0422-5009            ACIS-S       Feb 22
CygnusOB2 (3 obs)      ACIS-I
4c+29.30               ACIS-S       Feb 23
Radiation Belts                     Feb 24
CygnusOB2 (2 obs)      ACIS-I
4c+29.30               ACIS-S       Feb 25
M31                    HRC-I        Feb 26
LMCX-1                 ACIS-S/HETG
Radiation Belts
LHS2065                ACIS-S       Feb 27
NGC4472                ACIS-S
HD119516               ACIS-S       Feb 28
DETau                  ACIS-S

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All spacecraft subsystems continued to support nominal operations.

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