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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: http://chandra.harvard.edu/press/10_releases/press_111510.html

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.

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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

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All spacecraft subsystems continued to support nominal operations.

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