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  • mahtezcatpoc
    ... LOL ... Merry Christmas/Happy Holidays/Seasons Greetings/Happy Winter Solstice to you. Mark A. Holmes ...
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      --- In thefixedstars@yahoogroups.com, "oparhi" <scoppias@...> wrote:
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      > Maybe we'll find new friends there?

      LOL


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      > with wintery christmas greetings
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      > Outi


      Merry Christmas/Happy Holidays/Seasons Greetings/Happy Winter
      Solstice to you.

      Mark A. Holmes


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      > --- In thefixedstars@yahoogroups.com, "mahtezcatpoc" <mahtezcatpoc@>
      > wrote:
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      > > --- In thefixedstars@yahoogroups.com, Mark Holmes mahtezcatpoc@
      > > wrote:
      > > >
      > > > Mark Holmes (mahtezcatpoc@) has sent you a news article.
      > > > (Email address has not been verified.)
      > > > ------------------------------------------------------------
      > > > Personal message:
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      > > >
      > > >
      > > > Hubble telescope finds carbon dioxide on distant planet - Yahoo!
      > > News
      > > >
      > > >
      http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20081209/sc_afp/usspacenasaplanetscience
      > > >
      > > > ============================================================
      > >
      > > Hubble telescope finds carbon dioxide on distant planet
      > >
      > > Tue Dec 9, 6:38 pm ET AFP/NASA/ESA –
      > >
      > > WASHINGTON (AFP) – NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has discovered
      > both
      > > carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide in the atmosphere of a distant
      > > planet, in a key step for finding extraterrestrial life, the space
      > > agency said Tuesday.
      > >
      > > Detecting organic compounds that can be a by-product of life
      > > processes on an Earth-like body could one day "provide the first
      > > evidence of life beyond our planet," NASA said in a statement.
      > >
      > > The discovery was made on a Jupiter-size planet 63 light years
      away
      > > from Earth that is too hot for life, and is all gas and liquid.
      > >
      > > "We're not closer to discovering life on this particular planet,"
      > > admitted Ray Villard of the Space Telescope Science Institute.
      > >
      > > "But it has the mix of chemistry that on the right planet could
      be a
      > > biotracer for life," he said.
      > >
      > > Scientists have studied the planet intensively, finding the
      organic
      > > molecule methane as well as water vapor, Villard added.
      > >
      > > The carbon dioxide and monoxide were detected by Mark Swain, a
      > > research scientist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in
      California,
      > > using Hubble to study infrared light emitted from the planet.
      > >
      > > "The carbon dioxide is the main reason for the excitement because,
      > > under the right circumstances, it could have a connection to
      > > biological activity as it does on Earth," Swain said.
      > >
      > > "The very fact we are able to detect it and estimate its
      abundance is
      > > significant for the long-term effort of characterizing planets to
      > > find out what they are made of and if they could be a possible
      host
      > > for life."
      > >
      > > Launched 18 years ago, Hubble revolutionized astronomy with the
      > > ability to peer deep into the universe, beaming back dazzling
      images
      > > free of the distortions of Earth's atmosphere.
      > >
      > > Orbiting 575 kilometers (360 miles) above the ground, Hubble has
      > > enabled scientists to better measure the age and origin of the
      > > universe, observe distant supernovas, and identify and study
      bodies
      > > in and outside the solar system.
      > >
      > > A light year is the distance that light travels in a vacuum in one
      > > year, or approximately 5.88 trillion miles (9.46 trillion
      kilometers).
      > >
      >
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