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GSFC XMM-Newton GOF Status Report #257: XMM-NEWTON NEWS #152


             XMM-NEWTON NEWS #152    --- 31-Jul-2013


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- Reminder: Anticipated timeline for AO-13

- XMM-Newton Users Handbook update for AO-13

- SAS Users Guide and related documentation updated

Reminder: Anticipated timeline for AO-13

Announcement of Opportunity.......................... 27 August 2013
Due date for Proposals................... 11 October 2013 (12:00 UT)
Final OTAC approved programme..................... mid December 2013

For approved proposals only:

Start of phase II proposal submission............... 08 January 2014
Closure of phase II proposal submission............. 31 January 2014
Start of AO-13 observations................................ May 2014

The official "Announcement of Opportunity"  will be made public in the
XMM-Newton News  and on the XMM-Newton Science  Operations Centre Home

XMM-Newton Users Handbook update for AO-13

The XMM-Newton Users  Handbook (UHB) has been updated  to version 2.11
in preparation for the next Announcement of Opportunity (AO-13).

The  UHB   contains  information  on  the instrumentation  on  board
XMM-Newton  and serves  as  the main  technical  support document  for
proposal preparation,  based on  which potential XMM-Newton  users can
assess the technical feasibility of their planned observations.

The XMM-Newton Users Handbook is available on-line at


Alternatively,  pdf  and  postscript   versions  of  the UHB  can  be
downloaded from  the "XMM-Newton  Proposer's Info and Manuals" portal


SAS Users Guide updated

The Users  Guide to  the XMM-Newton Science  Analysis System  has been
updated  for  SAS  version  13.0   in  order  to  include the  latest
information on data analysis methods and updated SAS tasks.

The guide  is available from  the XMM-Newton Proposers Info Documents
and Manuals Web page (Section: Data Analysis) at:


The html version of the SAS Users Guide can directly be accessed under


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