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Operations CXO Status Report

Friday 4 March 2005 8.30am EST

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

A Chandra press release was made on Mar 2 describing observations that have provided new insight Jupiter's auroras. Jupiter's rapid rotation, intense magnetic field, and an abundant source of particles from its volcanically active moon, Io, create a huge reservoir of electrons and ions. These charged particles, trapped in Jupiter's magnetic field, are continually accelerated down into the atmosphere above the polar regions where they collide with gases to produce the aurora, which are almost always active on Jupiter. For details see: http://chandra.harvard.edu/press/05_releases/press_030205.html

The schedule of targets for the next week is shown below and includes an observation of the galaxy cluster LkHa101 coordinated with the VLA.

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SDSS J093514.72+03     ACIS-S       Mar 7
M31-0041.7+4056        ACIS-S
SDSS J024912.86-08     ACIS-S
Radiation Belts
LkHa101 cluster        ACIS-I       Mar 8
M86                    ACIS-I       Mar 9
3EG J1835+5918         HRC-S
RX J1308.8+2127        ACIS-S
WFI J2033-4723         ACIS-S
RXCJ0117.8-5455        ACIS-S       Mar 10
SDSS J031950.54-00     ACIS-S
Radiation Belts
3EG J1835+5918         HRC-S        Mar 11
cl1003+3253            ACIS-I
cl1312+3900            ACIS-I
87GB 1235+2251         ACIS-S       Mar 12
cl1222+2709            ACIS-I
Radiation Belts                     Mar 13

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All spacecraft subsystems continued to support nominal operations.

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