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Operations CXO Status Report

Friday 23 June 2006 9.00am EDT

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

A Chandra media telecon was held on June 21 describing observations of the galactic black hole system GRO J1655-40 that show for the first time that powerful magnetic fields are the key to understanding how energy is released from the regions surrounding these ubiquitous objects. For details see:

A second press release was issued on June 20 describing studies of the jet in the quasar 3C273 that show that the most energetic radiation from the jet arises through direct radiation from extremely energetic particles (synchrotron radiation) rather than via the scattering of microwave background photons (inverse Compton radiation). For details see:

Also of note last week was the Cycle 8 Peer Review that was held in Boston.

The schedule of targets for next week is shown below and includes observations of M81 and IRAS 19132+1035 coordinated with the VLA.

UGC5959                ACIS-S       Jun 25
M33 Field 6            ACIS-I
Radiation Belts                     Jun 27
Deep GCS 12            ACIS-I
Abell 1995 Field 3     ACIS-I
UGC4956                ACIS-S       Jun 28
M87                    ACIS-S
Deep GCS 12            ACIS-I
AX J1907.4+0549        ACIS-I
M81*                   ACIS-S/HETG
NGC 3593               ACIS-S       Jun 29
RXCJ0334-5342          ACIS-I
A3164                  ACIS-I
Radiation Belts
S0463                  ACIS-I       Jun 30
S0463                  ACIS-I
M33 Field 6            ACIS-I
UGC6946                ACIS-S       Jul 1
Deep GCS 12            ACIS-I
1E 1547.0-5408         ACIS-I
IRAS 19132+1035        ACIS-S
Radiation Belts                     Jul 2 
4U 1636-53             ACIS-S/HETG
Hen 3-1141             ACIS-S       Jul 3 


All spacecraft subsystems continued to support nominal operations.

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