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#1    Chauncy

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Posted 07 June 2004 - 11:04 PM

Well this is the closet thing to creating 'nothing' that I've ever seen.

NASA is using arogel in space to collect stardust, and particles from comet trails.
http://stardust.jpl.nasa.gov/tech/aerogel.html

Here's some stats on Areogel.
It is 99.8% Air.
Provides 39 times more insulating than the best fiberglass insulation.
Is 1,000 times less dense than glass.
Was used on the Mars Pathfinder rover.

Here's some other uses for this fantastic stuff.
http://eande.lbl.gov/ECS/aerogels/saphoto.htm


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