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GSFC XMM-Newton GOF Status Report #254: XMM-NEWTON NEWS #149

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_/           XMM-NEWTON NEWS #149    ---    21-Jun-2013 _/
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- XMM-Newton Mission Extended

- XMM-Newton Users Group:
  Minutes of meeting, resolution and presentations available

- Version 13.0.1 of the Science Analysis System (SAS) released

- Data Analysis Threads for SAS v13.0

XMM-Newton Mission Extended

Following the regular two-year cycle for ESA mission extensions, on 19
June the  ESA's Science Programme  Committee approved a new extension
for  XMM-Newton until  31  December  2016  -   subject to mid-term
confirmation, in late 2014.

Further details can be found at


XMM-Newton Users Group:
Minutes of meeting, resolution and presentations available

The XMM-Newton  Users Group met on the 16th and 17th of May 2013 at
ESAC. The minutes were approved on the 10th of June and are available,
together with a resolution of the Users Group and the presentations of
the meeting, at:


Version 13.0.1 of the Science Analysis System (SAS) released

A patch  to SAS v13.0.0 (see issue #148 of this  Newsletter) has been
released due to problems encountered in a small number of tasks.  We
have taken the opportunity to upgrade some other tasks. The full list
of changes introduced is:

* problem with a  call to 'epnoise' from 'epchain'  due to the removal
  of intermediate files solved.

* keywords created  by the X-ray loading correction  in 'epicproc' now
  properly  propagated to  the  final event  list. Also, intermediate
  files are removed, unless there is an explicit  request for keeping

* X-ray loading  correction not applied  if the CLOSED filter  is used
  during the offset map calculation.

* problem calling "espfilt" with non-default parameters solved.

* 'multixmmselect' can now deal with exposures which do not cover the
  selected area.

* RGS images produced with 'rgsimplot' are now correctly displayed.

* problem with wrong  values of coordinates in the  combined OM source
  list fixed.

* bug in the processing of full-frame high-resolution OM images fixed.

For more information and to download this patch, please go to:


Data Analysis Threads for SAS v13.0

SAS threads are simple examples  intended to help users, in particular
beginners, to reduce and analyse  XMM-Newton data. They cover from the
basic system set-up to the most complex topics.

SAS analysis threads  have been revised to reflect  the latest changes
included in version 13.0. New  threads have been added or updated with
new  analysis approaches,  like, for  example, "Overlapping  EPIC data
treatment: multixmmselect" or "How to evaluate the pile-up fraction in
an EPIC source".

The new version of the threads can be found at:


Yours sincerely,

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