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Operations CXO Status Report

Friday 20 April 2012 9.00am EDT

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

Chandra passed through the twelfth, thirteenth and fourteenth eclipses of the season on Apr 14, 16, and 19 respectively, with nominal power and thermal performance.

A Chandra image release was issued on Apr 17 describing observations of the Tarantula Nebula (30 Doradus). The new composite image of 30 Doradus contains data from Chandra, Hubble, and Spitzer. 30 Doradus is one of the largest star-forming regions located close to the Milky Way. This region contains thousands of young massive stars, making it an excellent place to study how stars are born. For details see:

Of note this week was the release on Apr 17 of CXCDS 8.4.4 for standard processing, which includes support for the upcoming leap-second.

The schedule of targets for the next week is shown below and includes observations of 1 MAXI J1305-704 and 1 Nova LMC 2012, which were accepted as Director's Discretionary Time TOOs on Apr 16 and 17 respectively and an observation of PKS2155-304 coordinated with XMM-Newton and Suzaku.

 NGC4552                ACIS-S       Apr 23
         NGC5080                ACIS-S
         SN1006W                ACIS-I
         PSRJ1816-5643          ACIS-S       Apr 24
         Radiation Belts
         RXJ1622.7-2325_P2      ACIS-S       Apr 25
         NGC6302                ACIS-S
         SN1006CTR              ACIS-I
         SN1006SE               ACIS-I
         NovaLMC2012            HRC-S/LETG   Apr 26
         SN1006W                ACIS-I       Apr 27
         Radiation Belts
         G243.57+67.76          ACIS-I
         HZ43                   HRC-S/LETG   Apr 28
         SLJ1647.7+3455         ACIS-I
         PKS2155-304            ACIS-S/LETG
         SN1006N                ACIS-I
         MAXIJ1305-704          ACIS-S/HETG  Apr 29


All spacecraft subsystems continued to support nominal operations.

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