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Operations CXO Status Report

Friday 30 April 2010 9.00am EDT

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

A real-time procedure was executed on Apr 29 to update the on-board ephemeris.

A Chandra press release was issued on Apr 29 describing evidence for the existence of two mid-size black holes close to the center of the nearby starburst galaxy M82. It has been a mystery of whether black holes exist with masses in between the stellar mass and supermassive categories. Evidence suggests that these two objects avoided falling into the giant black hole at the center of M82. It is possible these intermediate-mass black holes are examples of seeds required for the growth of supermassive black holes. For details see:

Of note last week was the Chandra User Committee meeting held at the CXC on Apr 27-28.

The schedule of targets for the next week is shown below.

AlphaCentauri          HRC-I        May  2
PGC042454              ACIS-S
H1705-250              ACIS-S
SNR0049-73.6           ACIS-S       May  3
Radiation Belts                     May  4
SNR0049-73.6           ACIS-S
NGC1291                ACIS-S
AXJ145732-5901         ACIS-S       May  5
M87                    ACIS-S
PKS1229-02             ACIS-S
Radiation Belts                     May  6
2PIGG_m1381            ACIS-I       May  7
2PIGG_m1598            ACIS-I
PGC135818              ACIS-S
G353.2+0.7             ACIS-I
SNR0049-73.6           ACIS-S
NGC1291                ACIS-S       May  8
PGC071938              ACIS-S
UGC07767               ACIS-S
2PIGG_m1746            ACIS-I
SDSSJ131651.29+0556    ACIS-S       May  9
M87                    ACIS-S


All spacecraft subsystems continued to support nominal operations.

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