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Operations CXO Status Report

Friday 5 January 2001 11.00am EST

Happy New Year from the Chandra Team!

During the last two weeks, Chandra completed the observing schedule as planned, no spacecraft or ground system problems were experienced and no real-time procedures were required. The well behaved nature of the Sun was also welcome during this period.

Other items of note include the release on December 28 of the third Chandra NRA with a proposal deadline of March 15, and the completion of preparations for the Jan 8-11 American Astronomical Society (AAS) meeting, where three Chandra press releases are expected.

The planned observations for the coming week are shown below and involve some careful mission planning. The observations include two LETG observations of Venus, a series of five comet observations spaced approximately 1 day apart and a coordinated observation with the Hubble Space Telescope of the Crab Nebulas on January 8. Real-time procedures are scheduled for 6.20am EST on Jan 10 and 10.30am EST on Jan 12 to insert and retract the LETG.

Comet/1999 T1           ACIS-S       Jan 7  
1354+195                ACIS-S
HCG62_NW                ACIS-I
Abell 1644              ACIS-I
1055+018                ACIS-S       Jan 8  
Cas A                   ACIS-S
3C129.1                 ACIS-I
Crab Nebula             ACIS-S
SDSS021102-000910       ACIS-S
NGC 5204 X-1            ACIS-S
Comet/1999 T1           ACIS-S
Radiation Belts                      Jan 9  
Venus                   ACIS-S/LETG
HR 1099, V711 TAU       HRC-S/LETG
Vela Pulsar             HRC-S/LETG   Jan 10 
HZ43                    HRC-I/LETG   Jan 11 
Comet/1999 T1           ACIS-S
Radiation Belts
M31                     ACIS-S       Jan 12 
Venus                   ACIS-S
GSGP4X:091              ACIS-S
RCW103                  ACIS-I
Comet/1999 T1           ACIS-S
NGC 5253                ACIS-S
Comet/1999 T1           ACIS-S       Jan 13 
NGC 4559 X-1            ACIS-S
SN 1998S                ACIS-S
0723+679                ACIS-S
Cas A                   HRC-I        Jan 14 
Cas A                   ACIS-I


All spacecraft subsystems continued to operate nominally.

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