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Operations CXO Status Report

Friday 11 October 2002 9.00am EDT

The entire Chandra team was thrilled to hear that Riccardo Giacconi was awarded the Nobel for Physics in recognition "for pioneering contributions to astrophysics, which have led to the discovery of cosmic X-ray sources". Riccardo, together with Harvey Tananbaum, proposed AXAF to NASA in 1976 and he chaired the Science Working Group until 1981. Full details may be found at: http://www.nobel.se/physics/laureates/2002/index.html.

During the last week the observing schedule was replanned to include an observation of the Gamma Ray Burster GRB020531 that was accepted as a 24 hour turn-around Target Of Opportunity (TOO) on 4 October. The schedule was replanned to include the 80ks observation with ACIS-S/HETG and the impacted observations of RCS0224-0002 and MR2251-178 will rescheduled in a later load.

A real-time procedure was completed on Oct 8 to update the on-board ephemeris. Of note this week was a briefing from the Chandra IAR to NASA HQ on their 2002 review of the program. The IAR presents to the MSFC PMC on Oct 16.

The observing schedule for next week is shown below and includes observations of Eta Carinae and M31 coordinated with the Hubble Space Telescope.

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Q0037-3544              ACIS-S       Oct 13
ESO5520200              ACIS-I       Oct 14
M31-T1                  ACIS-I
Radiation Belts
3C 6.1                  ACIS-S       Oct 15
AX J2002.7-3300         ACIS-S
MXB 1659-298            ACIS-S
Eta Carinae             ACIS-S/HETG  Oct 16
Radiation Belts                      Oct 17
MACS-J1621.3+3810       ACIS-I
Abell 160               ACIS-I       Oct 18
Abell 399               ACIS-I
HS 0848+1119            ACIS-S       Oct 19
0923+392                ACIS-S
A1682                   ACIS-I
Radiation Belts
MACSJ0547.0-3904        ACIS-I       Oct 20
MACSJ1931.8-2634        ACIS-I

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All spacecraft subsystems continued to operate nominally.

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