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GSFC XMM-Newton GOF Status Report #214: XMM-NEWTON NEWS #122

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_/           XMM-NEWTON NEWS #122    ---    13-Apr-2011           _/
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- Users Group meeting #12: invitation from UG to contact them for comments

- Patch to SAS v11.0.0

Users Group meeting #12: invitation from UG to contact them for comments

The XMM-Newton Users Group (UG) will hold its yearly meeting next May
19th - 20th at ESAC.  As always we would like to invite you to contact
any of the members of the UG and/or myself if you have any sort of
feedback, suggestion or topic that you would like the UG to discuss in
relation to the XMM-Newton operations. Our goal is to discuss and echo
to the project the concerns and suggestions for improvement that
XMM-Newton users have, so we rely strongly upon your input.

Thanks for your help,

Xavier Barcons, Chair, XMM-Newton Users Group

A dedicated Web page of the Users Group is available at:


This Web page provides, among other information, the contact points
for all interested astronomers to send their comments to the UG

Please find herewith the agenda:

1.  Welcome                               X. Barcons (chair)/N. Schartel
2.  Adoption of the agenda                All
3.  Overall mission status                A. Parmar
4.  Instrument operations                 R. Munoz
5.  Report of the Project Scientist       N. Schartel
6.  User support and mission planning     M. Ehle
7.  Calibration                           M. Guainazzi
8.  SAS developments and future plans     C. Gabriel
9.  Science archive and future plans      N. Loiseau
10. SSC status                            M. Watson
11. Action items from last meeting        M. Ehle
12  Joint programmes                      N. Schartel
13. Input from the community              All
14. General discussion / AOB              All
15. Dedicated Discussion                  UG
16. Date and time of next meeting         UG

Patch to SAS v11.0.0

A general patch to SAS v11.0.0 has been released on March 24 2011, to
solve the inconsistencies found in the use of image masks with the
ESAS tasks and the upgraded task emask.  Some other improvements to
ESAS have been added, which need an upgrade of the ESAS
CALDB. Therefore, with this patch a synchronisation with ESAS CALDB:


is necessary.

The opportunity has also been taken to add to the documentation some
task descriptions that had not been included in the previous release
by mistake.

Only users who have downloaded SAS v11 before March 24 2011 should
apply the patch,

Yours sincerely,

XMM-Newton SOC

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