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Studies of Kuiper Belt Objects (KBOs) affirm the design of the solar system—and Earth in particular. The Kuiper Belt is a group of small cometary and asteroidal bodies just beyond Neptune that orbit the sun. A team of Caltech scientists confirmed the existence of ice on the largest satellite of one KBO. The ice signature strongly implies that the satellite resulted from a giant impact, similar to the process responsible for Earth’s moon. While this KBO and satellite show similarities to the Earth-moon system—abundant water and an impact formation event—the differences reveal the design of the earth and moon. Earth remains the only known astronomical body with a long-standing liquid water cycle and a large moon serving to stabilize the earth’s rotation. Both of these essential characteristics affirm the view that a supernatural Designer has prepared a fit habitat for life.
- K. M. Barkume, M. E. Brown, and E. L. Schaller, “Water Ice on the Satellite of Kuiper Belt Object 2003 EL61,” Astrophysical Journal Letters 640 (2006): L87-89.
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