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Score! NASA spots soccer-ball shape buckyballs in space

NASA's Spitzer telescope found solid buckyballs for the first time in a pile big enough to fill 10,000 Mount Everests. (Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech ) Astronomers have discovered solid soccer-ball shaped molecules called buckyballs in space for the first time, providing a glimpse of the structure of matter and perhaps life in the cosmos. NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory yesterday announced that the Spitzer Space Telescope was able to detect the buckyballs around a pair of stars 6,500 light-years from Earth.
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