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GSFC XMM-Newton GOF Status Report #093: XMM-NEWTON NEWS #42
_/ XMM-NEWTON NEWS #42 --- 19-Oct-2004
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- XMM-Newton AO-4
- New e-mail addresses for XMM-Newton SOC members
The XMM-Newton fourth Announcement of Opportunity (AO-4) closed on the
8th of October 2004.
The performance of the Remote Proposal Submission System was excellent.
Reports of non-nominal behaviour were extremely rare.
In total, 657 valid proposals were submitted requesting, in total,
101747 ksec of science time. Compared to the previous announcement (AO-3)
the total science time requested has increased by about 3%. The mean time
requested for an individual observation is 38 ksec, which is an increase
of about 10% in comparison to the previous call. This trend was already
noticeable comparing previous AOs.
The fourth Announcement of Opportunity covers a period of one year with
14500 ksec observing time available for distribution.
The over-subscription factor is 7.0.
In total 30 proposals for "Large Programs" were submitted. Triggered
observations are requested in 18 proposals. For the joint XMM-Newton
Chandra program the SOC received 10 proposals and for the joint
XMM-Newton ESO (VLT and VLTI) program 4 proposals are competing.
SOC received proposals from 484 different principal investigators from
23 countries, mostly ESA member states, the United States and Japan.
The number of countries involved increases to 35 if co-investigators are
taken into account as well. Considering principal investigators and
co-investigators, about 1600 individual scientists were involved in the
response to the fourth Announcement of Opportunity.
New e-mail addresses for XMM-Newton SOC members
Due to a change of mail server, all people from the XMM-Newton Science
Operations Centre have received new e-mail identities.
The new corporate Science Operations e-mail addresses are defined as
Although the old XMM-Newton SOC addresses will remain valid for some
time to avoid interruption in the e-mail service and to ensure a smooth
transition, you might already now want to update such entries in your
e-mail address book.
E-mail addresses of the helpdesk (email@example.com) and the
Principal Investigator (PI) dedicated account (firstname.lastname@example.org)
are NOT affected.
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