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GSFC XMM-Newton GOF Status Report #124: XMM-NEWTON NEWS #61

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_/            XMM-NEWTON NEWS #61   ---    28-Aug-2006            _/
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 XMM-Newton Announcement of Opportunity (AO-6)
 - Letter of invitation by the Director of the ESA Scientific
 - Appendix: List of documentation
 Time line for Phase II proposal submission
 Important changes for AO-6, relative to earlier Calls

XMM-Newton Announcement of Opportunity (AO-6)

Letter of invitation by the Director of the ESA Scientific Programme

Dear Colleague,

I am very pleased to invite you to respond to the sixth
"Announcement of Opportunity" to submit proposals for observations
to be performed with the XMM-Newton observatory.

XMM-Newton is the second cornerstone of ESA's Horizon 2000 Science
Programme. It was launched by an Ariane 5 launcher on the 10th of
December 1999 and offers astronomers a unique opportunity to
perform high throughput non-dispersive spectroscopic imaging in the
energy range from 0.2 keV to 12 keV (European Photon Imaging Camera;
EPIC) and medium resolution dispersive spectroscopy (Reflection
Grating Spectrometer; RGS) in the energy range from 0.4 keV to 2.2
keV. In addition it provides simultaneous optical/UV observations
with a co-aligned telescope (Optical Monitor; OM).

This Announcement solicits proposals to be carried out in the
period from May 2007 to May 2008. Proposers from all over the world
are welcome to participate. All proposals will be subject to
independent peer review by the XMM-Newton Observing Time Allocation
Committee (OTAC). Potential proposers are expected to prepare and
submit proposals in electronic form, by the deadline given below,
using the XMM-Newton Remote Proposal Submission (RPS) software.

The documentation for this Announcement is available via the
internet at:


The appendix to this announcement lists the relevant documents and
explains in detail how to access them. I would appreciate it if you
would distribute the attached information at your home institute.

The key milestones for this Announcement are:

Announcement of Opportunity        28 August     2006
Due date for Proposals             06 October    2006 (12:00 UT)
Final OTAC approved programme      late December 2006

I invite you to submit your proposals and wish you success in using
the XMM-Newton observatory.

Yours sincerely,

Prof. D. Southwood
ESA Scientific Programme

Appendix: List of documentation

This appendix outlines the content of each of the documents
associated with X-ray Multi-mirror Mission's (XMM-Newton)
Announcement of Opportunity.

XMM-Newton Announcement of Opportunity: This letter from the
 Director of ESA's Scientific Programme is the formal Announcement
 of Opportunity to apply for XMM-Newton observing time.

XMM-Newton Announcement of Opportunity - Policies and Procedures:
 This is the "administrative" document of the Announcement,
 providing all necessary information about the policies adopted
 and the procedures to be followed.

XMM-Newton Users' Handbook: This gives a description of the
 satellite and its instruments, followed by detailed information
 on how to observe with XMM-Newton. For each of the three
 scientific instruments on board XMM-Newton (EPIC, RGS and OM)
 detailed information sufficient to calculate the necessary
 observing times is provided.

The documents listed above can be read (and downloaded) through the
World Wide Web on the XMM-Newton Public Server located at ESAC, at
the URL:


and can also be retrieved generally as postscript files from the
XMM-Newton/ESAC ftp server. Proposers should use ftp to access
"xmm.esac.esa.int", then, log in as "anonymous" and give their
e-mail address as password. Type "cd pub/AO6" to go to the
directory containing the relevant files. The desired files can then
be copied by typing "get filename" after issuing the "binary"

Time line for Phase II proposal submission

After the cycle of proposal submission and selection, the
observation details for successful proposals must be entered into
the observatory system. This is done during "Phase II" proposal
submission. Please find below for your information the anticipated
time line for that eventual Phase II:

Start of phase II proposal submission     15 January  2007
Closure of phase II proposal submission      09 February 2007

Important changes for AO-6, relative to earlier Calls

PDF Scientific Justification
Scientific justifications must be submitted electronically via the
Remote Proposal Submission System as a single file in Portable
Document Format (PDF). (This is a departure from earlier Calls
which assumed delivery in Postscript format.)

Large Area Surveys
Proposals asking for observations of large areas of the sky through
more than 10 individual observations with their fields of view
touching each other or even overlapping need to be submitted in a
special way as described in section 5.4 of the Policies and
Procedures document.

New Scientific Category
A new scientific category has been introduced:
"Cosmology, Extragalactic Deep Fields and Area Surveys"
(see section 7.3.1 of the Policies and Procedures document).

Yours sincerely,
XMM-Newton SOC

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