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NASA Finds Interstellar Matter From Beyond Our Solar System 75

Posted by Soulskill
from the we're-made-of-star-stuff dept.
An anonymous reader writes "For the very first time, a NASA spacecraft has detected matter from outside our solar system — material that came from elsewhere in the galaxy. This so-called interstellar material was spotted by NASA's Interstellar Boundary Explorer (IBEX), a spacecraft that is studying the edge of the solar system from its orbit about 200,000 miles (322,000 kilometers) above Earth. 'This alien interstellar material is really the stuff that stars and planets and people are made of — it's really important to be measuring it,' said David McComas, IBEX principal investigator."
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NASA Finds Interstellar Matter From Beyond Our Solar System

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  • by stevegee58 (1179505) on Wednesday February 01, 2012 @07:55AM (#38889619) Journal
    Carl Sagan would be so happy!
  • by WillerZ (814133) on Wednesday February 01, 2012 @08:23AM (#38889785) Homepage

    No need to shoot it. I have a Mac: I'll upload a virus to take care of it.

  • Nonsense (Score:2, Funny)

    by Moraelin (679338) on Wednesday February 01, 2012 @09:14AM (#38890159) Journal

    Just look up on a clear night. See all those stars? Every single one of them is outside the solar system!

    Nonsense. Genesis 1 clearly states

    6. And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.

    7. And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so.

    8. And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day.

    [...]

    14. And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years:

    15. And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so.

    16. And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also.

    17. And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth,

    So clearly the sky is a dome dividing the waters below from the water above, and the sun and the stars are set on/in it. All this talk of space and great distances and things outside our system is just you science-y servants of Satan trying to test our faith ;)

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