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Operations CXO Status Report

Friday 7 March 2014 9.00am EST

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

A real-time procedure was used to monitor the momentum unload that was executed from the on-board command loads on Mar 5; the unload performance was nominal. A second real-time procedure was executed on Mar 5 to perform a routine self-check of the Electrical Interface Assembly (EIA) Sequencer.

A Chandra image release was issued on Mar 4 describing observations of the spiral galaxy, ESO 137-001. The galaxy plows through the intra-cluster gas of the Norma cluster so rapidly - at nearly 4.5 million miles per hour - that much of its own gas is caught and torn away. For details see:

A Chandra press release was issued on Mar 5 as a NASA press release describing observations of the extremely luminous quasar known as RX J1131-1231 (RX J1131 for short). The supermassive black hole six billion light years from Earth that is at the heart of RX J1131 is spinning extremely rapidly. This first direct measurement of the spin of such a distant black hole is an important advance for understanding how black holes grow over time. For details see:

The schedule of targets for the next week is shown below and includes an observation of Sgr A* coordinated with the VLA.

        G000.44-41.83          ACIS-I       Mar 10
        AbellS0592             ACIS-I
        Radiation Belts
        3C277.3                ACIS-I       Mar 11
        PSS1326+0743           ACIS-S       Mar 12
        US16062196-1928445     ACIS-S
        DeepField07            ACIS-I
        AbellS0592             ACIS-I       Mar 13
        Radiation Belts
        3C277.3                ACIS-I
        UGC06732               ACIS-S       Mar 14
        SgrA*                  ACIS-S
        HD206267               ACIS-S/HETG
        3C277.3                ACIS-I       Mar 15
        Radiation Belts                     Mar 16
        3C277.3                ACIS-I
        PSRJ1911+1758          ACIS-S
        TheMouse               ACIS-I


All spacecraft subsystems continued to support nominal operations.

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