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Operations CXO Status Report

Friday 8 June 2001 7.00am EDT

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

Of note last week were two Chandra press releases announced at the American Astronomical Society (AAS) in Pasadena, CA. The first on Jun 5 described the discovery of new populations of suspected mid-mass black holes in several starburst galaxies, where stars form and explode at an unusually high rate. The second on Jun 6 described the discovery of a "cauldron" of 60-million-degree gas enveloping a cluster of young stars near the center of our galaxy. Full details for these releases can be found at: http://chandra.harvard.edu/press/01_releases/press_060501.html, and http://chandra.harvard.edu/press/01_releases/press_060601.html.

See also http://chandra.harvard.edu/press/aas/jun01/ for reports and pictures from the AAS.

The planned observations for the coming week are shown below and include a series of observations of the quasar 3C273 coordinated with the Newton-XMM satellite. Real-time activities are planned on June 13-16 to insert and retract the LETG.

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NGC 3607/NGC 3608      ACIS-I       Jun 11 
Radiation Belts                     Jun 12 
HR 5512                HRC-I
2MASSJ163700+2221      ACIS-I       Jun 13 
3C273                  ACIS-S/HETG
3C273                  ACIS-S/LETG
3C273                  HRC-S/LETG
NGC3115                ACIS-S       Jun 14 
NGC3923                ACIS-S
Radiation Belts
3C273                  ACIS-S/LETG  Jun 15 
PKS0745-191            ACIS-S       Jun 16 
Abell 2163             ACIS-I       Jun 16 
SGR1900+14             ACIS-I       Jun 17

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All spacecraft subsystems continued to operate nominally.

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