XMM-Newton-NEWS  #39,    19-May-2004

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XMM-Newton Live Radiation Monitor Page

Users curious to monitor the radiation conditions during science observations may be interested in the new information page provided on the SOC portal at


Plots are presented, updated in quasi real time, and showing the radiation levels reported by the spacecraft radiation monitor on a range of time scales spanning the preceding 48 hours.

Anticipated time line for next XMM-Newton Announcement of Opportunity

The fourth XMM-Newton "Announcement of Opportunity" (AO4) is approaching. Within this AO4, 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 an anticipated time line.

The planned key milestones for this Announcement are:

Announcement of Opportunity 30 August 2004
Due date for Proposals 8 October 2004 (12:00 UT)
Final OTAC approved programme December 2004/January 2005

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

Astro-E2 ESA Guest Investigator Programme

Scientists belonging to institutions within ESA Member States may apply for observing time on the Japanese/US X-ray astronomy mission Astro-E2 through the ESA Astro-E2 Guest Investigator Programme (EAO-1). The aim of the programme is to maximize the scientific return from the mission through co-operation between European and Japanese scientists. The Announcement of Opportunity has opened on 2004 May 18. Proposals to participate in the EAO-1 must be prepared in accordance with the information available electronically from the web link below. Proposals must be submitted to ESA by August 18, 2004 at the latest with a copy to the relevant national funding institutions. The EAO-1 documents must be retrieved electronically from the ESA's Astro-E2 WWW home page;


Users unable to retrieve the Astro-E2 documentation, or with other problems, are requested to contact;


Yours sincerely,
XMM-Newton SOC