The discovery implies that the little carbon spheres are prevalent in certain stellar regions of the cosmos. Unlike a gas, a solid is more dense, requiring large quantities of molecules to form.
The infrared observatory first detected buckyballs as a gas in 2010, the first time the material was ever definitively observed in space. Buckyballs are made up of 60 carbon atoms arranged as hollow spheres that resemble soccer balls. They also look like the geodesic domes of the late architect Buckminister Fuller, hence their name.
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Source:NASA Spitzer Mission Images
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According to NASA, NuSTAR will probe some of the hottest, densest and most energetic objects in space, such as black holes and supernova remnants. NuSTAR is the first space telescope that can image in X-rays at high detail, which will help astronomers better understand our universe.
The spacecraft was built by Orbital Sciences Corporation, and its instrumentation was provided by a number of agencies including: Caltech; NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory; Columbia University; NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center; UC Berkeley; and others.
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The images reveal small trenches less than a kilometer in length, and less than a few hundred meters wide. Only a small number of these features, known as graben, have been discovered on the lunar surface.
There are several clues in the high-resolution images that provide evidence for recent geologic activity on the Moon.
The LROC team detected signs of contraction on the lunar surface as early as August of 2010. The contractions were in the form of lobe-shaped ridges known as lobate scarps.
Based on the data, the team suggests the widely-distributed scarps indicate the Moon shrank in diameter, and may be continuing to shrink. Interestingly enough, the new image data featuring graben presents a contradiction, as they indicate lunar crust being pulled apart and theorize that the process that created the graben may have occurred within the past 50 million years.
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