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GSFC XMM-Newton GOF Status Report #199: XMM-NEWTON NEWS #112

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   XMM-Newton Announcement of Opportunity (AO-10)
   - Letter of Invitation
     by the ESA Director of Science and Robotic Exploration
   - Appendix: List of documentation
   - Time line for Phase II proposal submission

XMM-Newton Announcement of Opportunity (AO-10)

Letter of Invitation
by the ESA Director of Science and Robotic Exploration

Dear Colleague,

I am very pleased to invite  you to respond to the tenth "Announcement
of Opportunity"  to submit proposals for observations  to be performed
with the XMM-Newton observatory.

XMM-Newton  is the second  cornerstone of  ESA's Horizon  2000 Science
Programme. It  was launched  by an  Ariane 5 launcher  on the  10th of
December 1999  and offers astronomers a unique  opportunity to perform
high  throughput non-dispersive  spectroscopic imaging  in  the energy
range from  0.2 keV to 12  keV (European Photon  Imaging Camera; EPIC)
and  medium  resolution  dispersive spectroscopy  (Reflection  Grating
Spectrometer; RGS)  in the energy  range from 0.4  keV to 2.2  keV. In
addition  it  provides  simultaneous  optical/UV observations  with  a
co-aligned telescope (Optical Monitor; OM).

This Announcement solicits  proposals to be carried out  in the period
from May  2011 to April  2012. Proposers from  all over the  world are
welcome to  participate. All proposals will be  subject to independent
peer  review by  the  XMM-Newton Observing  Time Allocation  Committee
(OTAC).  Potential  proposers  are  expected  to  prepare  and  submit
proposals in electronic  form, by the deadline given  below, using the
XMM-Newton Remote Proposal Submission (RPS) software.

The documentation for this  Announcement is available via the Internet


The  appendix to this  announcement lists  the relevant  documents and
explains in  detail how to access  them. I would appreciate  it if you
would distribute the attached information at your home institute.

The key milestones for this Announcement are:

Announcement of Opportunity        24 August     2010
Due date for Proposals             08 October    2010 (12:00 UT)
Final OTAC approved program        late December 2010

I invite  you to submit your  proposals and wish you  success in using
the XMM-Newton observatory.

Yours sincerely,

Prof. D. Southwood
Science and Robotic Exploration

Appendix: Overview of Documentation

This appendix outlines the content of each of the documents associated
with  X-ray   Multi-mirror  Mission's  (XMM-Newton)   Announcement  of

XMM-Newton  Announcement  of Opportunity:  This  letter  from the  ESA
   Director  of   Science  and   Robotic  Exploration  is   the  formal
   Announcement of Opportunity to apply for XMM-Newton observing time.

XMM-Newton Announcement of Opportunity - Policies and Procedures: This
   is the  "administrative" document of the Announcement, providing all
   necessary information about the policies adopted and the  procedures
   to be followed.

XMM-Newton Users  Handbook: This gives a description  of the satellite
   and  its   instruments, followed  by  detailed  information  on  how
   to  observe  with  XMM-Newton. For  each  of  the  three  scientific
   instruments  on   board   XMM-Newton   (EPIC, RGS  and OM)  detailed
   information sufficient to calculate the necessary observing times is

The documents  listed above can  be read (and downloaded)  through the
World Wide Web on the XMM-Newton Public Server located at ESAC, at the


and  can also  be retrieved  generally  as postscript  files from  the
XMM-Newton/ESAC  ftp  server.   Proposers  should use  ftp  to  access
"xmm.esac.esa.int", then, log in  as "anonymous" and give their e-mail
address  as  password. Type  "cd  pub/AO10"  to  go to  the  directory
containing the relevant files. The desired files can then be copied by
typing "get filename" after issuing the "binary" command.

Time line for Phase II proposal submission

After the cycle of  proposal submission and selection, the observation
details for successful proposals  must be entered into the observatory
system.  This  is done during  "Phase II" proposal  submission. Please
find below  for your  information the anticipated  time line  for that
eventual Phase II:

Start of phase II proposal submission     10 January  2011
Closure of phase II proposal submission   04 February 2011

Yours sincerely,
XMM-Newton SOC

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