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Operations CXO Status Report

Friday 7 October 2005 8.30am EDT

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

Of note last week was a disruption in the flow of dump data from DSN due to a problem at the JPL Central Data Recorder. JPL resolved the issue without data loss, and all backlogged data have now been received and processed.

Two Chandra press release was issued last week. The first on 4 Oct described observations from both Chandra and Hubble of the Supernova Remnant N132D in the Large Magellanic Cloud. The X-ray glow in the image is produced primarily by shock wave heating of interstellar gas to temperatures of about 10 million degrees Celsius. The second release was made by HQ on 5 Oct as a NASA Space Science Update and described observations of the Gamma Ray Burst GRB 050709 made with HETE, Chandra and Hubble. The data suggest that the origin of short duration GRBs is the collision of two neutron stars, or a neutron star and a black hole, rather than an exploding star. For details see:
http://chandra.harvard.edu/press/05_releases/press_100405.html
http://chandra.harvard.edu/press/05_releases/press_100505.html

The schedule of targets for next week is shown below.

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RCW103                  ACIS-I       Oct 9
R Aqr                   ACIS-S
PSR J0437-4715          ACIS-S       Oct 10
Radiation Belts
EGS-5                   ACIS-I       Oct 11
XLSSJ022404.0-0413      ACIS-S
EGS-1                   ACIS-I       Oct 12
XLSSJ022404.0-0413      ACIS-S
EGS-1                   ACIS-I       Oct 13
Radiation Belts
EGS-5                   ACIS-I       Oct 14
XLSSJ022404.0-0413      ACIS-S
EGS-6                   ACIS-I
XLSSJ022404.0-0413      ACIS-S       Oct 15
EGS-6                   ACIS-I

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All spacecraft subsystems continued to support nominal operations.

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