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Operations CXO Status Report

Friday 19 November 2010 9.00am EST

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

Chandra passed through the fifth, sixth, and seventh eclipses of the fall season on Nov 12, 15, and 18 respectively, with nominal power and thermal performance. A real-time procedure was completed on Nov 18 to update the on-board ephemeris.

A Chandra press release was issued on Nov 15 as a NASA televised news conference. The release described observations of the remnant of SN 1979C, a supernova in the galaxy M100. The Chandra observations suggest that SN 1979C may be the youngest black hole in the so-called local Universe. If SN 1979C does indeed contain a black hole, it will give astronomers a chance to learn more about which stars make black holes and which create neutron stars. For details see:

The schedule of targets for the next week is shown below and includes an observation of SN 2010jl, which was accepted as a target of opportunity on Nov 10, and a follow-up DDT TOO observation of the Crab.

SN2010jl               ACIS-S       Nov 22
Abell2034              ACIS-I
M31                    HRC-I        Nov 23
IGRJ03103+5706         ACIS-I
Radiation Belts
Q2237+0305             ACIS-S
Abell2034              ACIS-I       Nov 24
IGRJ04069+5042         ACIS-I       Nov 25
A521                   ACIS-I
IGRJ12489-6243         ACIS-I
Q2237+0305             ACIS-S
Radiation Belts                     Nov 26
MACSJ0358.8-2955       ACIS-I
A521                   ACIS-I
Mrk1018                ACIS-S       Nov 27
Q2237+0305             ACIS-S
3C403.1                ACIS-S
Abell2034 (2 obs)      ACIS-I       Nov 28
ESO318-021             ACIS-S
Crab                   ACIS-S
MACSJ0358.8-2955       ACIS-I


All spacecraft subsystems continued to support nominal operations.

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