Star Trek fans will be excited to know that a spacecraft 200,000 miles above the Earth has discovered some material outside of our solar system. NASA's Interstellar Boundary Explorer (IBEX) observed what scientists are calling interstellar material.
What was actually discovered is alien particles of helium, oxygen, hydrogen, and neon.
Assistant vice president of the Space Science and Engineering Division at Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio, David McComas comments on the find:
"These are important elements to know quantitatively because they are the building blocks of stars, planets, people".
"matter outside our solar system doesn't look like material inside our solar system. It seems to be deficient in oxygen..."
Researchers say that the lack of oxygen in these particle could indicate that the sun was formed in an area or region with less oxygen than that of its current location.
A video about the event and NASA's explorer is available below. It will illuminate the details of the discovery better than I can in this article: