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GSFC XMM-Newton GOF Status Report #087: XMM-NEWTON NEWS #39

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_/                 XMM-NEWTON NEWS #39   ---    19-May-2004             _/
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                ESA, XMM-Newton Science Operations Centre at
            Villafranca del Castillo, Satellite Tracking Station
                P.O. Box - Apdo. 50727, 28080 Madrid, Spain


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       - XMM-Newton Live Radiation Monitor Page
       - Anticipated time line for next XMM-Newton Announcement of
       - Astro-E2 ESA Guest Investigator Programme

XMM-Newton Live Radiation Monitor Page

Users curious to monitor the radiation conditions during science
observations may be interested in the new information page provided on
the SOC portal at


Plots are presented, updated in quasi real time, and showing the
radiation levels reported by the spacecraft radiation monitor on a range
of time scales spanning the preceding 48 hours.

Anticipated time line for next XMM-Newton Announcement of Opportunity

The fourth XMM-Newton "Announcement of Opportunity" (AO4) is approaching.
Within this AO4, a new call to submit proposals for observations to be
performed with the XMM-Newton observatory will be issued. To be prepared
for this, please find below an anticipated time line.

The planned key milestones for this Announcement are:

  Announcement of Opportunity    30 August 2004
  Due date for Proposals         8 October 2004 (12:00 UT)
  Final OTAC approved programme  December 2004/January 2005

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

Astro-E2 ESA Guest Investigator Programme

Scientists belonging to institutions within ESA Member States may apply
for observing time on the Japanese/US X-ray astronomy mission Astro-E2
through the ESA Astro-E2 Guest Investigator Programme (EAO-1). The aim
of the programme is to maximize the scientific return from the mission
through co-operation between European and Japanese scientists. The
Announcement of Opportunity has opened on 2004 May 18. Proposals to
participate in the EAO-1 must be prepared in accordance with the
information available electronically from the web link below. Proposals
must be submitted to ESA by August 18, 2004 at the latest with a copy
to the relevant national funding institutions. The EAO-1 documents must
be retrieved electronically from the ESA's Astro-E2 WWW home page:


Users unable to retrieve the Astro-E2 documentation, or with other
problems, are requested to contact:


Yours sincerely,
XMM-Newton SOC
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