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X-rays are emitted from regions where the Universe is hot and wild. Galaxy clusters, the largest and most massive clearly defined structures we know, are strong X-ray emitters. Observations of these systems require space-based instruments. In this internship, the students will download, reduce, and analyze recent X-ray data of a galaxy cluster taken with a satellite observatory, using software existing in the research group. This will allow them to determine the intracluster gas mass and temperature, as well as the mass of the invisible and dominant component -- dark matter.