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Operations CXO Status Report

Friday 26 June 2009 9.00am EDT

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

Chandra passed through the ninth, tenth and eleventh eclipses of the 2009 summer eclipse season on June 20, 23 and 25 respectively, with nominal power and thermal performance.

A Chandra press release was issued on June 24 as a NASA HQ media telecon. The release described a deep study of 29 gigantic blobs of hydrogen gas to identify the source of immense energy required to illuminate these structures. These new results show how the "Lyman-alpha" blobs fit into the cosmic story of how galaxies and black holes evolve. For details see:

The schedule of targets for the next week is shown below and includes an observation of V2129 Oph coordinated with a ground based telescope at NOAO.

Radiation Belts                     Jun 28
SDSSJ1508+3328         ACIS-S       Jun 29
V2129 Oph              ACIS-S/HETG
SDSSJ165158.61+4325    ACIS-S       Jun 30
RXJ1821.6+6827         ACIS-I
Radiation Belts                     Jul  1
RXJ1821.6+6827         ACIS-I
M82-NW                 ACIS-S
M31                    ACIS-I       Jul  3
A401 (4 obs)           ACIS-I
Radiation Belts
Abell 2485             ACIS-I       Jul  4
ESO243-49HLX-1         HRC-I
NGC1521                ACIS-S
IC1365                 ACIS-I       Jul  5
PSRJ2051-0827  (3 obs) ACIS-S


All spacecraft subsystems continued to support nominal operations.

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