Thursday, June 18, 2009
These NASA photos show the material "Aerogel." Aerogel is used on the Stardust spacecraft to capture cosmic dust. Specifically, comet particles from Comet Wild 2. Really. Descriptions of Aerogel on the NASA website assure us that even though Aerogel looks like hologram, it is solid and feels like hard styrofoam. Seems more like something dreamed up by a poet, rather than created by science. I would love to have some of this stuff in my studio! I adore these images. I wish they were mine- I wish I had taken these in my studio. Coming upon photos like these is one of the rewards of slogging through the exasperating tangle of NASA websites.