NASA’s Spitzer Finds Solid Buckyballs in Space
ScienceDaily (Feb. 22, 2012) — Astronomers  using data from NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope have, for the first time,  discovered buckyballs in a solid form in space. Prior to this  discovery, the microscopic carbon spheres had been found only in gas  form in the cosmos.
Formally named buckministerfullerene, buckyballs are named after their  resemblance to the late architect Buckminster Fuller’s geodesic domes.  They are made up of 60 carbon molecules arranged into a hollow sphere,  like a soccer ball. Their unusual structure makes them ideal candidates  for electrical and chemical applications on Earth, including  superconducting materials, medicines, water purification and armor.
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NASA’s Spitzer Finds Solid Buckyballs in Space

ScienceDaily (Feb. 22, 2012) — Astronomers using data from NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope have, for the first time, discovered buckyballs in a solid form in space. Prior to this discovery, the microscopic carbon spheres had been found only in gas form in the cosmos.

Formally named buckministerfullerene, buckyballs are named after their resemblance to the late architect Buckminster Fuller’s geodesic domes. They are made up of 60 carbon molecules arranged into a hollow sphere, like a soccer ball. Their unusual structure makes them ideal candidates for electrical and chemical applications on Earth, including superconducting materials, medicines, water purification and armor.

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