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GSFC XMM-Newton GOF Status Report #220: XMM-NEWTON NEWS #127

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_/         XMM-NEWTON  NEWS   #127   ---  23-August-2011          _/
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   XMM-Newton Announcement of Opportunity (AO-11)
   - Letter of Invitation
     by the ESA Director of Science and Robotic Exploration
   - Time line for Phase II proposal submission

XMM-Newton Announcement of Opportunity (AO-11)

Letter  of Invitation  by  the  ESA Director  of  Science and  Robotic

Dear Colleague,

I  am  very  pleased  to   invite  you  to  respond  to  the  eleventh
"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  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)  and medium  resolution
dispersive  spectroscopy  (Reflection  Grating  Spectrometer)  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).

This Announcement solicits  proposals to be carried out  in the period
from May  2012 to April  2013. 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.
Potential proposers  are expected to  prepare and submit  proposals in
electronic  form, by the  deadline given  below, using  the XMM-Newton
Remote Proposal Submission software.

The documentation for this  Announcement is available via the Internet


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        23 August     2011
Due date for Proposals             07 October    2011 (12:00 UT)
Final OTAC approved program        late December 2011

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

Yours sincerely,

Prof. Alvaro Gimenez Canete
Director of Science and Robotic Exploration

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  2012
Closure of phase II proposal submission   03 February 2012

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