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garak
01-23-2004, 08:39 AM
Check this stuff out. The Stardust space mission involved sending a spacecraft to the comet to study the comet and collect dust from the comet for research on earth. The comet dust will be collected in aerogel which is a really neat material to say the least. It is over 99% air so it is incredibly lightweight and pretty strong to boot. This material also makes a really good thermal insulator. I think the neatest thing about this stuff is how it looks. It reminds me of a hologram or smoke, but it is a solid object.

http://stardust.jpl.nasa.gov/highres/p48567a.jpg
For more reading check out the following websites:
http://stardust.jpl.nasa.gov/photo/aerogel.html


aerogel faq (http://stardust.jpl.nasa.gov/overview/faq.html#aerogel)

NOSTALGIC_HERO
01-23-2004, 09:33 AM
my friends were playing with that stuff in jr high (8th grade) for science research.

i graduated hs back in 99, so that tells you how long ago we played with that.. it is cool tho.

OverZealousNoob
01-23-2004, 12:40 PM
Man that stuff would make the *****inist uberlightweight hood! Carbon Fiber? BAH! That is so last week. Peep my aerogel good yo!

_Nzo_
01-23-2004, 03:53 PM
Yea Ive played with a piece before, its really cool cuz its strong like styrofoam but when you crush it theres almost nothing left.

Chip_Letzgus
01-23-2004, 03:59 PM
What does it taste like?

96_ss
01-23-2004, 07:04 PM
What does it taste like?



C'mon man, it tastes like chicken. http://forums.freshalloy.com/images/graemlins/rolleyes1.gif