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Operations CXO Status Report

Friday 10 February 2012 9.00am EST

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

A Chandra press release was issued on Feb 8 describing a new study that suggests mysterious X-ray flares from the center of the Milky Way caught by Chandra may be asteroids falling into the Milky Way's giant black hole. These flares have been seen during periodic observations over several years and happen about once every day. If confirmed, this result may mean that there is a cloud around the black hole containing hundreds of trillions of asteroids and comets. For details see:

The schedule of targets for the next week is shown below

Radiation Belts                     Feb 13
         61Cyg                  HRC-S/LETG
         Radiation Belts                     Feb 16
         SN1979C                ACIS-S
         SDSSJ112659.54+2944    ACIS-S       Feb 17
         SDSSJ1435+5359         ACIS-S
         M31                    HRC-I
         NGC2371                ACIS-S
         SDSSJ075952.64+1413    ACIS-S       Feb 18
         PSRJ0821-4300          ACIS-S
         Radiation Belts
         PSRJ0821-4300          ACIS-S       Feb 19
         NGC454                 ACIS-S
         XTEJ1810-197           ACIS-S
         M31BHXN                ACIS-I
         J1339.8+5548           ACIS-I
         A1413_Field1           ACIS-I
         A1413_Field4           ACIS-I


All spacecraft subsystems continued to support nominal operations.

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