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GSFC XMM-Newton GOF Status Report #326: XMM-NEWTON NEWS #201

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_/         XMM-NEWTON  NEWS   #201   ---  22-August-2017          _/
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  XMM-Newton Announcement of Opportunity (AO-17)

  - Letter of Invitation by the ESA Director of Science
  - Key milestones for this announcement
  - Time line for Phase II proposal submission

Letter of Invitation by the ESA Director of Science

Dear Colleague,

I am pleased to invite you to respond to the seventeenth "Announcement
of Opportunity"  to  submit proposals for observations to be performed
with the XMM-Newton observatory.

This  Announcement  solicits  proposals  to  be  carried  out  between
May 2018 and April 2019.  Proposers from institutes located  worldwide
are  welcome to  participate.  All  proposals  will be subject to peer
review by the XMM-Newton Observing Time Allocation Committee.

The detailed schedule of milestones of the announcement,  the required
software tools and the documentation are available from:


I  would  appreciate  if  you  would  distribute  this  invitation  to
interested colleagues.

I wish you every success in using the XMM-Newton observatory.

Yours sincerely,

Prof. Alvaro Gimenez
Director of Science

Key milestones for this announcement

Announcement of Opportunity:              22 August   2017
Due date for Proposals:                    6 October  2017  (12:00 UT)
Final OTAC approved program:            late December 2017

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:   9 January  2018
Closure of Phase II proposal submission:   2 February 2018

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