FUSE Mission Status Report

Mission Status Report #44      Star Date: March 19, 2001

FUSE Operations Continue Nominally


Caption: Science Highlights this month: (LEFT) The Cygnus Loop supernova remnant; (RIGHT) M27, the `Dumbbell' Nebula, a planetary nebula whose central star was observed with FUSE.

Hello World,

All continues to go extremely well on the FUSE project, with the satellite hardware behaving nominally, and ground operations at JHU going smoothly. There has been no reoccurrence of the reaction wheel problem mentioned in the previous Status Report, and operations continue on schedule.

As a reminder to those interested, we are in the request phase for Cycle 3 guest observations with FUSE. Notices of Intent to propose are due March 30, 2001, and proposals are due to NASA by May 11, 2001. See the FUSE Guest Investigator page [page no longer active] for details.

Since there is little new to report on satellite operations, let me take this opportunity to highlight a couple of science programs that were presented at the American Astronomical Society meeting back in January. These are the first of what I hope will be a growing number of FUSE results that we can bring to you all at an understandable and interesting level. FUSE Observations of the Cygnus Loop Supernova Remnant and FUSE Observations of the Central Star of M27, the Dumbbell Nebula. Enjoy!

Reported by: Bill Blair, Chief of Observatory Operations

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