Centaurus Cluster:  A cluster of galaxies about 170 million light years from Earth, located in the constellation Centaurus.
NASA/IoA/J.Sanders & A.Fabian
X-ray Astronomy School 
May 12-16, 2003
Wallops Island, MD

Registration Deadline:  March 31, 2003

Accommodation Information

1E0657-56:  An extremely hot galaxy cluster about 4 billion light years from Earth
Credit: NASA/SAO/CXC/M.Markevitch et al.

2003 X-ray Astronomy School Announcement
Goals and Purpose
Program and Schedule
Registration Information
Accommodation Information


The Wallops Island NASA facility center will be the location for the X-ray Astronomy School.
There is a cafeteria on base opened from 7 AM to 1 PM. Dinner will be the reponsability of the participants who may want to check the restaurants of the nearby towns

The primary accomodation are rooms located on site (inside the NASA center).
They are $12 per night (no breakfast provided) and you will be sharing a bathroom.
There are only 32 rooms available and the rooms will be assigned on a first come-first served basis.

PLEASE NOTE: Foreign nationals will not be allowed to stay at the dorms located inside the NASA center. Moreover, in the event of a war with Iraq, it is possible that foreign nationals will be denied access to the site. Please understand that we have no way of guaranteeing that this will not happen but that unless the war breaks out during the school, we will know beforehand if this will be the case or not. We are also looking at a back-up conference center nearby.

For foreign students or people who do not want to stay on base, we have blocked rooms in the following hotels:

1. Waterside Inn
3761 Main Street
Chincoteague, VA 23336
ph# 757.336.3434
$69.00 per night/person
Coffee pot, refrigerator and muffins (breakfast) in room.
10-15 minutes by car from Wallops,
10 minute walk to restaurant that serves breakfast starting at 5:30 AM

2. Refuge Inn
7058 Maddox Blvd.
Chincoteague, VA 23336
ph# 757.336.5511
$65.00 per night/person
No breakfast, but McDonald's in right next door.
Coffee pot, refrigerator in room, has pool, sauna.
10 minutes by car to Wallops

3. Hampton Inn
4179 Main Street
Chincoteague, VA 23336
ph# 757.336.1616
$69.00 per night/person
Deluxe continental breakfast
Coffee pot, microwave, refrigerator in room.
8 miles - about 10-15 minutes from Wallops

4. Comfort Suites
4195 Main Street
Chincoteague, VA 23336
ph# 757.336.3700
$69.00 per night/person
Continental breakfast.
Coffee, microwave, refrigerator in room, has pool, fitness room
10-15 minutes by car to Wallops

You are responsible for your own hotel reservations. The deadline to benefit from the school reduced rate at the hotels is March, 31, 2003. Please mention "X-ray Astronomy School" when calling in for reservations for all hotels except the Hampton Inn where the code is "XAS".

As there are no restaurants in the vicinity of the place where the classes will be held, we strongly recommand renting or sharing a car for getting around. Check the driving directions to the center.

There will be a van available on site for people without cars

More information will be provided, please check back regularly.

Any questions regarding the school should be directed to

Meeting organized jointly  by:
Universities Space Research Association logo
NASA logo
Chandra X-ray Observatory Center logo
Universities Space 
Research Association
NASA Goddard Space 
Flight Center
Chandra X-ray Observatory Center, Operated by SAO for NASA

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