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GSFC XMM-Newton GOF Status Report #169: XMM-NEWTON NEWS #96

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_/            XMM-NEWTON NEWS #96   ---    25-Aug-2009            _/
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   XMM-Newton Announcement of Opportunity (AO-9)
   - Letter of Invitation
     by the ESA Director of Science and Robotic Exploration
   - Appendix: List of documentation
   Time line for Phase II proposal submission
   Important changes for AO-9, relative to earlier Calls

XMM-Newton Announcement of Opportunity (AO-9)

Letter of Invitation
by the ESA Director of Science and Robotic Exploration

Dear Colleague,

I am very pleased to invite you to respond to the ninth
"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 2010 to April 2011. 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        25 August     2009
Due date for Proposals             09 October    2009 (12:00 UT)
Final OTAC approved program        late December 2009

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

Yours sincerely,

Prof. D. Southwood
Director of Science and Robotic Exploration

Appendix: Overview 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
   ESA Director of Science and Robotic Exploration is the formal
   Announcement of Opportunity to apply for XMM-Newton observing

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/AO9" 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     11 January  2010
Closure of phase II proposal submission   05 February 2010

Important changes for AO-9, relative to earlier Calls

Resubmission of Large Programs
Some Large Programs approved in previous AOs may have failed to
achieve the original scientific goal due to enhanced background
radiation and the PI may want to request additional observing time.
In this case the proposal shall be flagged as "resubmitted" and be
identified as "Large Program" type, regardless of the total time
requested in the current AO. See section 5.2.2 of the Policies and
Procedures document.

Yours sincerely,
XMM-Newton SOC

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