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GSFC XMM-Newton GOF Status Report #343: XMM-NEWTON NEWS #213


             XMM-NEWTON NEWS #213    ---    21-Aug-2018


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XMM-Newton Announcement of Opportunity (AO-18)

- 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 eighteenth "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
2019 and April 2020.   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. Guenther Hasinger
Director of Science

Key milestones for this announcement

Announcement of Opportunity ............. 21 August 2018
Due date for Proposals .................. 5 October 2018  (12:00 UT)
Final OTAC approved program ............. late December 2018

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 ...... 8 January 2019
Closure of Phase II proposal submission .... 1 February 2019

Yours sincerely,

XMM-Newton SOC

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