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Operations CXO Status Report

Friday 19 December 2014 9.00am EST

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

Of note this week was the release on Dec 16 of the Cycle 17 Call for Proposals. The proposal submission deadline is 17 March 2015. In conjunction with the call was the release of the CIAO 4.7 analysis software system, CALDB 4.6.5, and of CXCDS 10.3.2 for standard processing. The CIAO release includes several tool enhancements and updates. The CALDB release includes time-dependent ACIS gain files for Aug-Oct 2014, an update to the ACIS Grade file, corrected ACIS background files from 2009, the latest time-dependent HRC-I Gain Map, and updated HRC-S QE and QE-uniformity files. For details see:

A Chandra press release was issued on Dec 18 describing observations of XDCP J0044.0-2033, nicknamed the "Gioello" (Italian for "Jewel") Cluster. This newly discovered galaxy cluster is the most massive one ever detected with an age of 800 million years or younger, locating it about 9.6 billion light years from Earth. Using Chandra data, researchers were able to accurately determine the mass and other properties of this cluster. Results like this help astronomers understand how galaxy clusters have evolved over time. For details see:

The schedule of targets for the next week is shown below

Radiation Belts Dec 21 ESO241-6 ACIS-S J205449.61+004153.0 ACIS-I Dec 22 J211824.24+002311.7 ACIS-I 30Doradus ACIS-I NGC406 ACIS-S 3C120 ACIS-S/HETG MRC0131-367 ACIS-S Dec 23 3C120 ACIS-S/HETG Radiation Belts Dec 24 J085125.81+393541.7 ACIS-S 3C190 ACIS-S NGC4517 ACIS-S Dec 25 G309.4-0.1 ACIS-S 30Doradus ACIS-I IC5256 ACIS-S Dec 26 SDSSJ152304.97+1145 ACIS-S J090613.75+561015.5 ACIS-S Radiation Belts 3C120 ACIS-S/HETG Dec 27 SDSSJ2157-0022 ACIS-S 30Doradus ACIS-I SDSSJ081133.56+0225 ACIS-S Dec 28 RXJ0821.0+0752 ACIS-S Radiation Belts Dec 29


All spacecraft subsystems continued to support nominal operations.

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