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Operations CXO Status Report

Friday 15 October 2009 9.00am EDT

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

An aspect camera dark current calibration was performed from the on-board loads on Oct 15. The calibration will be used to assess the increase in the number of CCD warm pixels.

A Chandra image release was issued on Oct 14 of the neutron star, SGR 0418+5729. Observations with NASA's Chandra, Swift, and Rossi X-ray observatories, Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope, and ESA's XMM-Newton have revealed that a slowly rotating neutron star with an ordinary surface magnetic field is giving off bursts of X-rays and gamma rays. This discovery may indicate the presence of an internal magnetic field much more intense than the surface magnetic field, with implications for how the most powerful magnets in the cosmos evolve. For details see:

The schedule of targets for the next week is shown below and includes a series of observations of the comet 103P/Hartley 2.

Radiation Belts                     Oct 17
Comet 103P/Hartley 2   ACIS-S
J050145.6-180937       ACIS-S       Oct 18
NGC3603                ACIS-I
2PIGG_1571             ACIS-I       Oct 19
Radiation Belts                     Oct 20
EXO0748-676            ACIS-S
AlphaCentauri          HRC-I
J003359.2-094220       ACIS-S       Oct 21
NGC404                 ACIS-S
J224017.7+080316       ACIS-S       Oct 22
HFPK334                ACIS-S
Radiation Belts
RXJ1958.2-3011         ACIS-I       Oct 23
A2507                  ACIS-I
M31                    ACIS-I       Oct 24
3C93.1                 ACIS-S
NGC3522                ACIS-S
Vega                   HRC-I
Vega (4 obs)           HRC-S


All spacecraft subsystems continued to support nominal operations.

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