Aerogel Sample Disc
World's lowest density solid
- 96% air by volume!
- Great for display or play
- Same material used by NASA
Lots of science comes from amusing circumstances. Penicillin, for example, was discovered from someone saying, "You gonna eat that?" to Alexander Fleming. Marie Curie was really just looking for a cool glow in the dark paint to make the ceiling in her bedroom have "stars!" And aerogel was created in 1931 due to a bet between two scientists. Ok, the first two were just jokes, but that last one is true. A bet led to the discovery of aerogel - considered by some to be the substance that will help humans reach Mars - and now you can get some for your very own!
Silica aerogel--the same ethereal blue material used by NASA to insulate electronics on the Mars rovers and to capture comet dust on the Stardust mission--is now available for the rest of us! Also known as frozen smoke, aerogel is one of those super cool materials that you have heard about but probably never experienced in person. Now all that can change in an instant with this sample disc. Makes a great conversation piece or display item.
Extremely hard-to-find transparent monolithic form. Perfect for gifts, science projects, and display. These aerogels have a density of ~0.095 g/cc, meaning they are an incredible 96% air by volume.
- World's lowest density solid
- World's best thermal insulating solid
- Super cool material, great for display
- Sample disc in small storage box
- Comes with handling instructions card
- Please note: disc is very fragile, must be handled carefully