We report on the result of an X-ray observation of the X-ray Nova Velorum 1993 (GRS 1009-45), made with ASCA on 1993 November 10-11. The energy spectrum was extremely soft and accompanied by a hard tail, characteristics of the Galactic black-hole binaries in the soft state. It is well represented by a two-component model consisting of a multicolor disk model or a general relativistic accretion disk model, both describing emission from an optically thick accretion disk, and a power-law component with a photon index of ∼ 2.5. A spectral analysis of the soft component allows an estimation of the mass of the central object. For the optically-estimated distance (> 1 kpc) and inclination (> 37°), the mass is estimated to be > 3.1 M⊙. These results strongly support that the compact object is a black hole.
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