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Mysterious Buckyballs Found Throughout Interstellar Space Puzzled Scientists, Until Now

by University of Arizona

Researchers discovered a mechanism creating complex carbon molecules in a simulated planetary nebula environment.

Scientists have long been puzzled by the existence of so-called “buckyballs” – complex carbon molecules with a soccer-ball-like structure – throughout interstellar space. Now, a team of researchers from the University of Arizona has proposed a mechanism for their formation in a study published in the Astrophysical Journal Letters.

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Is Interstellar Travel Really Possible?

by Paul Sutter, Space.com

Interstellar space travel. Fantasy of every five-year-old kid within us. Staple of science fiction serials. Boldly going where nobody has gone before in a really fantastic way. As we grow ever more advanced with our rockets and space probes, the question arises: could we ever hope to colonize the stars? Or, barring that far-flung dream, can we at least send space probes to alien planets, letting them tell us what they see?

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