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NASA Probe Discovers 'Alien' Matter From Beyond Our Solar System (4 types of alien atoms)
SPACE.com ^ | 1/31/12 | Denise Chow

Posted on 01/31/2012 2:13:25 PM PST by NormsRevenge

NASA / GSFC:

Using the Interstellar Boundary Explorer (IBEX), NASA has sampled the galactic wind that has traveled from outside our solar system. Four types of atoms were found to be different from what we have in our Solar System.

(Excerpt) Read more at space.com ...


TOPICS: Astronomy; Chit/Chat; Science
KEYWORDS: alien; atoms; discovers; gfsc; gsfc; ibex; matter; nasa; probe; solarsystem

1 posted on 01/31/2012 2:13:29 PM PST by NormsRevenge
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To: NormsRevenge

One of those things I’ve pondered myself over the years. I’m assuming there are all kinds of exotic elements in our universe that are unknown in our neighborhood.


2 posted on 01/31/2012 2:17:37 PM PST by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: NormsRevenge

Flubber? Unobtainium?


3 posted on 01/31/2012 2:22:06 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: NormsRevenge

ping


4 posted on 01/31/2012 2:22:30 PM PST by Wuli
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To: Paladin2

We’re overburdened with governmentium.


5 posted on 01/31/2012 2:23:46 PM PST by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: Wuli; cripplecreek

It’s blowin’ in the galactic wind, yaknow ..


6 posted on 01/31/2012 2:27:54 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. Obama: Epic Fail or Bust!!!)
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To: Paladin2
Unobtainium?

Isn't that the stuff that can be canceled out by goshdarnitonium?

7 posted on 01/31/2012 2:30:02 PM PST by WhoisAlanGreenspan?
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To: cripplecreek
I’m assuming there are all kinds of exotic elements in our universe that are unknown in our neighborhood.

Actually, it's pretty unlikely that there are different elements, or even different compounds. These things generally exist because their energy state is lower than some other combination of the same particles.

It's sort of cute that NASA made a movie about this instead of publishing a paper

It's also cute that the folks who tell us where the heavier elements (I think from Lithium on up.) that we observe here on earth came from, say it was from stars that died a long, LONG, time ago. In other words, the conventional wisdom is that almost everything we observe had its origins outside our solar system.

ML/NJ

8 posted on 01/31/2012 2:32:59 PM PST by ml/nj
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To: NormsRevenge

liberalIQium


9 posted on 01/31/2012 2:34:51 PM PST by Darteaus94025
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To: NormsRevenge

I wonder how long it would take a satellite, with a plutonium generator and a leading-edge Hall Effect ion engine or VASIMIR engine, to travel to the boundary layer of the solar system where the solar wind ends and the galactic winds begin?


10 posted on 01/31/2012 2:35:44 PM PST by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: NormsRevenge
Perhaps Another source for Illudium Pu-36...

11 posted on 01/31/2012 2:40:56 PM PST by Waverunner (I'd like to welcome our new overlords, say hello to my little friend)
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To: NormsRevenge

Don't touch it!..................

12 posted on 01/31/2012 2:46:28 PM PST by Red Badger (If you are unemployed long enough, you are no longer unemployed.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Budget time. Expect to see the ATF agents with a big pile of guns on a table soon.


13 posted on 01/31/2012 2:47:12 PM PST by hadaclueonce (scrap copper is more than $3.00 a pound. wind generators are full of copper)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

I believe Daedalus was to take about 50 years to reach Alpha Centauri with a VASIMIR drive at something like 12% light speed.

Seems like the last I read (a few weeks ago) that Voyager was something like 109 AU from the sun now and my likely faulty calculations put Alpha C at about 280,000 AU from here.

New Horizons is currently 23 AU from earth with another 10 AU to go before its Pluto flyby in 2015.


14 posted on 01/31/2012 2:50:34 PM PST by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: Jack Hydrazine
Space is like real big.

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15 posted on 01/31/2012 2:54:14 PM PST by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: cripplecreek

Ya think???

But VASIMIR and ion engine technology is making it slightly smaller. All I want is a relatively quick way to get around the solar system.

Once VASIMIR is perfected we’ll be able to get to Mars in as little as 39 days.


16 posted on 01/31/2012 3:05:27 PM PST by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: NormsRevenge

NASA is still doing amazing things, just not in the manned program that was ruined by politicians.


17 posted on 01/31/2012 3:11:42 PM PST by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: Jack Hydrazine
We've got to move manufacturing into space because bigger really is better in space but you can't get it off the ground. That's going to require the ability to launch at will and not once every few months.

Daedalus next to a Saturn V

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18 posted on 01/31/2012 3:14:41 PM PST by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: Moonman62

NASA should concentrate on the pathfinding/prospecting missions like Louis and Clark. We need to ditch the outer space treaty for industry to really be interested.


19 posted on 01/31/2012 3:17:09 PM PST by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: cripplecreek

Let’s first invent a cheap way to get to LEO.


20 posted on 01/31/2012 3:18:46 PM PST by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: Jack Hydrazine
Once VASIMIR is perfected we’ll be able to get to Mars in as little as 39 days.

Provided you don't hit rush hour traffic. If you do, all bets are off. Suggest you check sigalert.com before you set off on your journey.

21 posted on 01/31/2012 4:02:24 PM PST by 17th Miss Regt
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To: 17th Miss Regt

Rush hour traffic...LOL!

Gotta avoid the space junk around Earth, plus active satellites in orbit, and then any asteroids or comets between here and Mars.


22 posted on 01/31/2012 4:31:38 PM PST by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

http://www.marssociety.org/home/press/tms-in-the-news/thevasimrhoax

Comments?


23 posted on 01/31/2012 5:08:06 PM PST by BwanaNdege (Man has often lost his way, but modern man has lost his address - Gilbert K. Chesterton)
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To: BwanaNdege

VF-200 200kW VASIMIR flight demonstrator to be tested on the ISS
Article dated 10MAR2011
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/03/10/ad_astra_nasa_vf200_announcement/

http://www.adastrarocket.com/aarc/VF200

http://news.yahoo.com/nasa-test-vf-200-vasimr-plasma-rocket-iss-20110310-155100-110.html

http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=18382.465

Delivery time to the ISS? I haven’t found one yet.

It looks like the power needed to get to Mars will require a nuclear power plant.


24 posted on 01/31/2012 5:38:05 PM PST by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: NormsRevenge

IBEX at SWRI.

25 posted on 01/31/2012 9:02:44 PM PST by Prospero
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