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Operations CXO Status Report

Friday 16 December 2011 9.00am EST

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

A Chandra image release was issued on Dec 13 describing observations of the galaxy cluster, Abell 2052. The hot gas in Abell 2052 is being sloshed back and forth like wine in a glass. The sloshing was set in motion when a small cluster smashed into the larger central one. Sloshing of hot gas like this can affect how the giant elliptical galaxy and its supermassive black hole at the center grow. For details see:

Of note this week was the release on Dec 15 of the Cycle 14 Call for Proposals. The proposal submission deadline is 15 March 2012. In conjunction with the call was the release of the CIAO 4.4 analysis software system together with CALDB 4.4.7. The release includes several tool enhancements/updates, Sherpa PSF handling updates, and optimization improvements. For details see:

The schedule of targets for the next week is shown below and includes an observation of NGC 891 ULX1, which was accepted as Director's Discretionary Time TOO on Dec 5.

G315.70-18.04 ACIS-I Dec 18 4U1323-619 ACIS-S/HETG Dec 19 SDSSJ2105+0004 ACIS-S M31BHXN ACIS-I Radiation Belts Dec 20 NGC891ULX1 ACIS-S M31 HRC-I Vega HRC-I Vega HRC-S IC5157 ACIS-S G15-6 ACIS-I Dec 21 SDSSJ075223.35+2736 ACIS-S SDSSJ0848+6112 ACIS-S Dec 22 SDSSJ144707.41+52034 ACIS-S G058.28+18.59 ACIS-I Radiation Belts ACTJ0235-5121 ACIS-I SPT-CLJ2106-5845 ACIS-I Dec 23 LP783-2 ACIS-S 4U1323-619 ACIS-S/HETG SDSSJ2303-0939 ACIS-S Dec 24 PSRJ0357+3205 ACIS-S


All spacecraft subsystems continued to support nominal operations.

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