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GSFC XMM-Newton GOF Status Report #140: XMM-NEWTON NEWS #70

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_/            XMM-NEWTON NEWS #70   ---    08-Oct-2007            _/
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  - XMM-Newton AO-7
  - XMM-Newton Image Gallery visible in Google Earth
  - Users' Guide to the XMM-Newton Science Analysis System: update

XMM-Newton AO-7

The XMM-Newton seventh Announcement of Opportunity (AO-7) closed on
the 5th of October 2007.

In total, 586 valid proposals were submitted requesting, in total,
113810 ks of science time. The sixth Announcement of Opportunity
covers a period of one year with 14500 ks of observing time
available for distribution. The over-subscription factor is 7.8.

In total 54 proposals for "Large Programs" were submitted.
Triggered/TOO observations are requested in 44 proposals. For the
joint XMM-Newton Chandra program the SOC received 8 proposals and
for the joint XMM-Newton ESO (VLT and VLTI) program 11 proposals
are competing.

SOC received proposals from 424 different principal investigators
from 23 countries, mostly ESA member states, the United States and
Japan. The number of countries involved increases to 33 if co-
investigators are taken into account as well. Considering principal
investigators and co-investigators, about 1560 individual
scientists were involved in the response to the seventh
Announcement of Opportunity.

XMM-Newton Image Gallery visible in Google Earth

The XMM-Newton Gallery, a collection of astronomical images and
spectra taken with the XMM-Newton X-ray and optical instruments,
(see http://xmm.esac.esa.int/external/xmm_science/gallery/public/ )
can be displayed, since the 24th of August, in association with the
corresponding celestial target objects in the latest version of
Google Earth:

You will have to download the Google Earth file format (KML) file
xmm_gallery.kmz, available at
and load it into Google Earth.

'Switch to Sky' from the Google Earth 'View' menu and enjoy the
XMM-Newton Gallery projected onto the sky.

Users' Guide to the XMM-Newton Science Analysis System: update

XMM-Newton SOC has updated the Users' Guide to the XMM-Newton
Science Analysis System for SAS version 7.1.0. The guide is
available again in different formats (postscript, pdf and html)
from the XMM-Newton Proposer's Info and Manuals Web page
(Section: Data Analysis) at:


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