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GSFC XMM-Newton GOF Status Report #290: XMM-NEWTON NEWS #175

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_/         XMM-NEWTON  NEWS   #175   ---  25-August-2015          _/
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  XMM-Newton Announcement of Opportunity (AO-15)
  - Letter of Invitation
    by the ESA Director of Science and Robotic Exploration
  - Time line for Phase II proposal submission

XMM-Newton Announcement of Opportunity (AO-15)

Letter  of Invitation  by  the  ESA  Director of  Science and  Robotic

Dear Colleague,

I  am  very  pleased  to  invite  you  to  respond  to  the  fifteenth
"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  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)  and medium  resolution
dispersive  spectroscopy  (Reflection  Grating  Spectrometer)  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).

This Announcement solicits  proposals to be carried out  in the period
from May  2016 to April  2017. 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.
Potential proposers  are expected to  prepare and submit  proposals in
electronic  form, by the  deadline given  below, using  the XMM-Newton
Remote Proposal Submission software.

The documentation for this  Announcement is available via the Internet


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     2015
Due date for Proposals            9 October    2015 (12:00 UT)
Final OTAC approved program      late December 2015

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

Yours sincerely,

Prof. Alvaro Gimenez
Director of Science and Robotic Exploration

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     12 January  2016
Closure of Phase II proposal submission    5 February 2016

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