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Chandra Peers Into Outer Space

NASA's newest space telescope, the Chandra X-ray Observatory, was launched into orbit only two months ago. Named for the late Indian-American Nobel laureate, Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar, the Chandra Observatory is already providing scientists with the first "X-ray images and spectra of violent, high-temperature events and objects." In addition to their sheer mystique, these color images increase scientists's understanding of the structure and evolution of the universe. Managed by NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, the Chandra X-Ray Observatory also serves as a unique tool for studying detailed physics "in a unique laboratory -- the universe itself." This week's In The News highlights the Chandra X-Ray Observatory; the nine sites listed offer background information, commentary, and recent images from outer space.
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