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Operations CXO Status Report

Friday 21 March 2014 9.00am EDT

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

A real-time procedure was used to monitor the momentum unload that was executed from the on-board command loads on Mar 16; the unload performance was nominal.

A Chandra press release was issued on Mar 19 announcing the selection of Dr. Belinda Wilkes as the next director of the Chandra X-ray Center (CXC). She will assume the directorship on April 20, 2014. For details see:

A Chandra image release was issued on Mar 20 describing observations of DEM L241, a supernova remnant found in the Large Magellanic Cloud, a small neighboring galaxy to the Milky Way. The observations provide evidence for a companion star that survived the blast of a supernova explosion. Chandra's X-rays reveal a point-like source within the debris field produced when a massive star exploded. This system contains either a neutron star or black hole and a surviving massive star. For details see:

The schedule of targets for the next week is shown below and includes a follow-up observation of SN 2012ca, which was accepted as a Target of Opportunity on Aug 14 and is coordinated with Spitzer, and an observation of NGC 5548 coordinated with HST.

Radiation Belts Mar 24 COSMOSLegacy ACIS-I Pismis11 ACIS-I Mar 25 HE1104-1805 ACIS-S Pismis11 ACIS-I E0102-72I3 ACIS-I Mar 26 Radiation Belts SN2012ca ACIS-S Mar 27 E0102-72S3 ACIS-S G294.66-37.02 ACIS-I BPTau ACIS-S/LETG COSMOSLegacy ACIS-I Mar 28 Radiation Belts Mar 29 HESSJ1809-193 ACIS-I NGC5548 ACIS-S/LETG Mar 30 NGC5353 ACIS-S HESSJ1809-193 ACIS-I G342.31-34.90 ACIS-I Mar 31


All spacecraft subsystems continued to support nominal operations.

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