NASA’s been messing with an ephemeral substance called Aerogel: 99.98% air, and virtually impervious to heat. The pictures seem almost impossible. They’ll be using it to grab interstellar particles moving 6x faster than a bullet without damaging them via either impact or heat.

Via Thornography.

Music: Brian Eno :: Shadow

3 Replies to “Aerogel”

  1. Super-duper cool. I remember reading about aerogels in _Omni_ magazine years and years ago… they were invented in the 1930’s, according to the JPL page.. wow.

  2. I recently read a story about a female artist who has/had exclusive rights to use aerogel as a medium for creating art. I’m too lazy to look it up, which brings me to another point that laziness is relative.

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