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Operations CXO Status Report

Friday 3 June 2005 9.00am EDT

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

Chandra press releases were issued on May 25 and 30. The first describes a study that has revealed that Saturn acts as a diffuse mirror for solar X-rays. The second describes observations that describe evidence that two white dwarf stars are orbiting each other and are destined to merge. The data indicate that gravitational waves are carrying energy away from the star system at a prodigious rate - making it a prime candidate for future missions designed to directly detect these subtle ripples in space-time. For details see: http://chandra.harvard.edu/press/05_releases/press_052505.html http://chandra.harvard.edu/press/05_releases/press_053005.html

The schedule of targets for the next week is shown below and includes and observation of the the Target of Opportunity RXJ1856.5-3754.

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Radiation Belts                     Jun 5
M81                    ACIS-S       Jun 6
EI UMa                 ACIS-I
XTE J1747-274          HRC-I
Abell 3667             ACIS-I
Radiation Belts                     Jun 8
M81                    ACIS-S       Jun 9
9 Sgr                  ACIS-S/HETG
RXJ1856.5-3754         HRC-I
Abell 3667             ACIS-I       Jun 10
Radiation Belts                     Jun 11
M81                    ACIS-S
Abell 3667             ACIS-I

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All spacecraft subsystems continued to support nominal operations.

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