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Operations CXO Status Report

Friday 7 September 2001 10.30am EDT

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

A real-time procedure was completed on Sep 4 to turn off the B-side Solid State Recorder and return to operations with the A-side recorder. The switch had been made last week to avoid data loss following technical problems in receiving data from DSN. Approximately 3 hours of data thought lost was fully recovered after some good work by the OCC and JPL teams.

The 2 Years of Science with Chandra Symposium was held in Washington DC during Sept 5-7. The Symposium papers displayed a remarkable range of science enabled by the superb imaging and spectroscopic capabilities of Chandra.

A total of 8 press releases were made during the last week, including two press conferences with one televised. Details of the discoveries and images can be found at http://chandra.harvard.edu/press/. MSFC also announced on Sep 4 that NASA HQ has formally extended the Chandra mission from the baseline 5 year to a 10 year mission. An exciting week!

The schedule of observations for the coming week is shown below and includes an observation of Fairall 9 coordinated with RXTE.

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IC4296                  ACIS-S       Sep 9
SAX J1324.5-6313        ACIS-S       Sep 10
Radiation Belts
1RXSJ104047.4-704713    ACIS-I       Sep 10
NGC 55                  ACIS-I       Sep 11 
Fairall 9               ACIS-S/HETG
NGC6624                 ACIS-S/HETG  Sep 12 
Radiation Belts                      Sep 13 
Proxima Centauri        ACIS-S/HETG
1E1740.7-2942           ACIS-S/HETG  Sep 14 
A3112                   ACIS-S
AGX J045301-5304        ACIS-I       Sep 15 
N49B                    ACIS-S
Radiation Belts
0548-70.4               ACIS-S       Sep 16

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All spacecraft subsystems continued to operate nominally.

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