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Operations CXO Status Report

Friday 27 July 2012 9.00am EDT

On July 23, we celebrated the 13th anniversary of Chandra's launch and 13 years of successful scientific operations. The spacecraft and instruments continue to operate superbly well and we look forward with excitement to the coming year of science discovery!

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

Of note this week was the announcement on Jul 20 of the Cycle 14 Peer Review recommended programs. For details see:

Also of note this week was the release on Jul 24 of CALDB 4.5.1 with upgraded HRC-S time-dependent gain maps, to be used in reprocessing observations taken following the increase of the HRC-S microchannel-plate high voltage on Mar 28, 2012. For details see:

The schedule of targets for the next week is shown below and includes an observation of GRB 120711A, which is a follow-up to a Target of Opportunity accepted on Jul 17, and observations of Sgr A* coordinated with NuSTAR, Keck, VLT, SMA, CSO, CARMA, ALMA, EHT, HESS, and ATCA.

SgrA*                  ACIS-S/HETG  Jul 30
       GRB120711A             ACIS-S       Jul 31
       Radiation Belts
       B2224+65               ACIS-S       Aug  1
       SgrA*                  ACIS-S/HETG
       Q2237+0305             ACIS-S       Aug  2
       Radiation Belts                     Aug  3
       RXJ1856.5-3754         ACIS-S/LETG
       SgrA*                  ACIS-S/HETG  Aug  4


All spacecraft subsystems continued to support nominal operations.

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