As reported by Andrew Fazekas in National Geographic News, for the first time particles of ‘alien’ origin were gathered by the IBEX probe, originating from interstellar space which offer clues to the anatomy of our local galactic neighborhood. This is a fascinating discovery indeed, yet we must insist for science to focus more on the immediate needs of our planet!
A NASA spacecraft, the Interstellar Boundary Explorer (IBEX) which orbits Earth from about 322,000 kilometers away, managed for the first time to gather samples of hydrogen, oxygen, and neon that came from outside of our solar system. The IBEX probe was launched in 2008 with the mission to map the boundary of our solar system, also called heliosphere. The edge of the heliosphere lies about a hundred times farther from us than Earth does from the sun, and it shields the inner solar system from deadly cosmic radiation. “The heliosphere and its associated magnetic field push away damaging charged particles. These particles – remnants from supernovae that are dispersed through interstellar space – flow toward us at 50,000 miles (80,000 kilometers) an hour.”
David McComas, team leader for the IBEX program, said during a NASA news conference, “It’s exciting to be able to have these first observations of alien matter – stuff that didn’t come from our sun or the planets, but came from the outside of our solar system, from other parts of the galaxy. We think these are really important measurements, because these elements are the fundamental building blocks of stars, planets, and people.”
An analysis of the new IBEX data compared the ratios of oxygen to neon from interstellar space with the ratios of these atoms native to our solar system. The results show that our solar system appears to contain more oxygen than surrounding interstellar space. Astronomer Seth Redfield, who is involved with IBEX commented: “Our location within our local interstellar cloud is important because the heliosphere structure changes depending on where it is inside a cloud or outside, and so it has consequences for how well it shields us from those deadly cosmic rays.”
These forays into space are exciting indeed yet we must not forget Earth’s atmosphere that shields us from constant cosmic radiation but has been harmed by science itself. Earth and her people are showered by radiation from space, created by charged, “sub-atomic particles” (parts of atoms) that originate in our galaxy, other galaxies, and the sun, and interact with Earth’s atmosphere and magnetic field. This radiation has been likened to a steady drizzle of rain. The more air we have between us and outer space, the more protection we have. However, a study by scientists from the Scripps Institute shows that there is less oxygen in the atmosphere today than just twenty years ago. As carbon dioxide accumulates – primarily because of burning fossil fuels – there is a decrease in available oxygen.
We must call upon scientists to focus much more on our unique planet which is in dire need for immediate solutions. And we must call upon people on this beautiful Earth to wake up from the deep sleep preventing them to know who they are.
Osho puts forward the urgency of saving our planet again and again:
“It is very difficult to convince the unconscious masses that the world is moving towards a global suicide. By the end of this century, perhaps, the only planet in the universe which has created people like Buddha and Jesus, people like Lao Tzu and Rinzai, will disappear. In the whole of existence, millions of stars and millions of galaxies are absolutely without any life. This is a miracle, that this small earth … It is very small, you don’t understand its smallness.
The sun is six thousand times bigger than this earth, and this sun is a mediocre star in the universe; there are bigger suns, far bigger. This does not count for much, this is a small galaxy.
But this earth is our home. Unless we put ourselves right, we cannot put humanity right, we cannot put this earth in such a way as to live beautifully. There is no need of nations, there is no need of religions, there is no need of races. It is one earth, it is one world, it is one truth, it is one divinity.
But one has first to search within oneself.”
Osho, Christianity: The Deadliest Poison and Zen: The Antidote to All Poisons, Ch 1
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