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Operations CXO Status Report

Thursday 18 November 1999 9.00am EST

The Observatory passed through the Leonid meteor shower without incident over night. The mission load maneuvered the spacecraft to the anti-radiant direction and clocked the solar arrays to be edge-on as planned for a 6 hours period around the predicted shower peak. The engineering team received real-time updates of the shower intensity and telemetry indicated nominal operation for all systems. An OBC Fixed Overflow error was noted prior to the peak, but was traced to a re-acquisition of a guide star by the aspect system, and was not related to the Leonid shower.

Following the shower peak, observations continued of the GTO target NGC 7293 located in a direction within 4 degrees of the anti-radiant.

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