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GSFC XMM-Newton GOF Status Report #282: XMM-NEWTON NEWS #168


             XMM-NEWTON NEWS #168    ---          4-Dec-2014


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- XMM-Newton Science Archive (XSA) v8.3 release
  and XSA v7.2 discontinued

- Anticipated timeline for next XMM-Newton Announcement of
  Opportunity: AO-15

XMM-Newton Science Archive (XSA) v8.3 release
and XSA v7.2 discontinued

A  new  version  of  the  XMM-Newton Science  Archive  (XSA v8.3)  is
available at:


Search by "File" is now possible for up to 1000 names or positions (in
previous  XSA versions  this was  limited to  400 entries).  Also, the
Mosaic ODF sub-sets are now searchable by coordinates.

As announced  in a previous issue  of this Newsletter  (#151), the old
XSA v7.2 java interface and  associated AIO client files, which do not
provide access to the updated  EPIC, Slew Survey and OM catalogues, to
the full reprocessed  pipeline products or to the  data ingested after
July 2013, will be discontinued in January 2015.

Anticipated timeline for next XMM-Newton Announcement of Opportunity: AO-15

The planned key milestones  for the fifteenth XMM-Newton "Announcement
of Opportunity" have been established. Within this AO-15 a new call to
submit proposals for observations  to be performed with the XMM-Newton
observatory will be issued.

To be prepared for this, please find below the anticipated timeline:

Announcement of Opportunity .............. Tuesday 25 August 2015
Due date for Proposals ................... Friday 9 October 2015 (12:00 UT)
Final OTAC approved programme ............ mid December 2015

For approved proposals only:

Start of phase II proposal submission .... Tuesday 12 January 2016
Closure of phase II proposal submission .. Friday 5 February 2016
Start of AO-15 observations .............. May 2016

The official "Announcement of Opportunity"  will be made public in the
XMM-Newton News  and on the XMM-Newton Science  Operations Centre Home

Yours sincerely,

XMM-Newton SOC

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