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Why is the Chandler X-ray telescope important?
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  1. One of NASA's greatest achievements was the invention of the Chandler X-ray telescope. X-rays are used to take pictures that are even more detailed and clear than light-based pictures. The images are recorded based on energy fluctuations. The Chandler Observatory telescope is the most sophisticated of X-ray machines; in fact, it's 25 times more sensitive than other X-ray telescopes and orbits 200 times higher than the Hubble. So far, the Chandler has provided images of black holes with matter disappearing into it, exploding stars, nebulae, quasars and supernova remnants, and light that's 10 billion years old.

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