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New York Times,
Friday, January 20, 2006--Elated
Scientists Say Space-Dust Mission Exceeded Expectations
Warren E. Leary
The 100-pound sample container from the seven-year mission, which
landed on the salt flats of Utah on Sunday, captured thousands of
particles, perhaps even a million, that originated at the edge of the
solar system or from distant stars, they said.
The cargo in the Stardust's sample container, which
was opened Tuesday, "was an ancient cosmic treasure from the very edge
of the solar system," Dr. Brownlee said. Scientists believe that these
particles are the pristine remains of the material that formed the
planets and other bodies some 4.6 billion years ago.
We are life, and
everywhere life is manifested, yet we do not know what it is. What is
the difference between a living body and a dead body? No one knows.
Even the big scientist does not know what he is, where he has come
from, what he should do, and where he will go when matter, in the shape
of his body, becomes old, worn out and dies.
Still, he publishes his theories, theses and hypotheses about how life
supposedly began 20 billion years ago from a primordial soup of amino
acids. The scientist does not know what life is. He knows nothing about
what happened 20 billion years ago, and his speculations have nothing
to do with science. They are no more valuable than the child's idea
that the moon is made of gren cheese or that the stork delivers babies.
The scientist challenges the spiritualist: "Can you show me God? Have
you seen God?" But we can put the same challenge to him: "Have you seen
life produced from matter? Were you there 20 billion years ago?" What
is the difference between the modern scientist's theory that life is
created by combining chemicals and the alchemist's idea from the Middle
Ages that he could produce gold by combining various metals? Today we
laugh at the alchemist, but we accept the scientist's proposal that he
will produce life by combining chemicals.