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GSFC XMM-Newton GOF Status Report #134: XMM-NEWTON NEWS #66

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_/            XMM-NEWTON NEWS #66   ---    10-May-2007            _/
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          - Next XMM-Newton Users Group meeting
          - Reminder:
            ESAC Faculty Workshop "X-rays from Nearby Galaxies"	
          - EPIC filter wheel closed data

Next XMM-Newton Users Group meeting

As announced in XMM-Newton News #62, the date of the next Users
Group (UG) meeting is 7th - 8th June, 2007. A dedicated Web page
of the Users Group is available at


This web page provides, among other, the contact points for all
interested astronomers to send their comments and suggestions to
the UG members prior to the meeting.

Please find herewith the agenda:

1.  Welcome                                      M. Arnaud
2.  Adoption of the agenda                       All
3.  Overall Mission status                       A. Parmar
    and MEOR (Mission Extended Operation Review)
4.  Instrument operations                        R. Munoz
5.  ODF & PPS delays                             R. Munoz
6.  Report of the Project Scientist              N. Schartel
    - including TOOs
    - AO6, LP, statistics
7.  Background
    7.1 Background Radiation level               P. Rodriguez
    7.2 Background Treatment                     M. Ehle
8.  Calibration
    8.1 EPIC Calibration Status                  M. Kirsch
    8.2 RGS Calibration Status                   A. Pollock
    8.3 OM Calibration Status                    A. Talavera
    8.4 Cross-calibration Status                 M. Stuhlinger
        - cross-calibration within XMM-Newton
          (e.g. MOS/pn)
        - with other missions
9.  SAS developments and future plans            C. Gabriel
10. SSC status + 2nd XMM catalogue               M. Watson
11. Action items from last meeting               M. Santos
12. Input from the community                     Mission Scientists
    - questions / comments from community
13. General Discussion/AOB                       All
14. Dedicated Discussion I
    - Background
    - Scientific Outcome of the Workshop
    - Very Large Programs and needs for new operating modes
    - Mission Extension
15. Dedicated Discussion II                      UG
16. Date and time of next meeting                UG

Reminder: ESAC Faculty Workshop "X-rays from Nearby Galaxies"

Please note the APPROACHING DEADLINE for registration and abstract
submission for the ESAC Faculty workshop "X-rays from Nearby
Galaxies" on MAY 31ST!

As announced on March 20th, the aims and scope of this workshop
are to provide a forum for discussion of the latest results from
studies of X-ray emission from nearby galaxies. By summarising
the present status of this field and identifying the most critical
unsolved problems we hope to ignite new ideas about how to use the
current generation of satellites for successful X-ray studies of
nearby galaxies and define which follow-up observations will be
most useful in enhancing our knowledge of these systems. This will
also highlight the instrumental requirements for X-ray studies of
nearby galaxies with future missions.

The workshop web page containing latest detailed information
including confirmed keynote talks and the online submission form
is available at


If you have any questions, please contact the workshop organising
committee at: galaxies2007@sciops.esa.int

EPIC filter wheel closed data

As part of the ongoing activities of the EPIC Background Working
Group to provide users with data and tools to help in the analysis
and interpretation of observations affected by the EPIC background,
stacked collections of filter wheel closed data, i.e. data taken
with the filter wheel in closed position, are now available for the
MOS and pn cameras at


These exposures are dominated by the instrumental background and
can be used to model and subtract this internal EPIC background

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