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GSFC XMM-Newton GOF Status Report #227: XMM-NEWTON NEWS #130

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_/           XMM-NEWTON NEWS #130    ---    07-Dec-2011           _/
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- XMM-Newton AO-11 OTAC Results

- Update of the BiRD Database

XMM-Newton AO-11 OTAC Results

The list of XMM-Newton proposals  accepted by the AO-11 Observing Time
Allocation Committee (OTAC) and  the associated proposal abstracts are
available at


The Principal Investigators of  submitted proposals have been informed
by  e-mail about  the  results  of the  OTAC  evaluation.  The  e-mail
contains the  details about the  second phase proposal  submission for
successful observations, which must  be done via the XMM-Newton Remote
Proposal Submission System (XRPS). The  XRPS will be closed on the 3rd
of February 2012 at 13:00 UT.

AO-11 observations will start to be routinely performed in May 2012.

Update of the BiRD Database

The  Browsing Interface  for RGS  Data,  BiRD, has  been updated.   It
contains now data  taken taken until 10 September  2011, that are made
available as  they become public.  The database  includes 7400 spectra
of 3150 different objects.

BiRD is  an utility to  browse and examine  RGS data.  Spectra  can be
selected through  different parameters,  such as date  of observation,
class of  object or level of  exposure. BiRD also  provides some basic
plotting  and  visualisation  tools,  both  for the  RGS  spectra  and
spectral images, and for the EPIC-pn images taken in parallel.

BiRD is available at the following URL:


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