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Meet The World’s Lightest Solid

Did You Know That Aerogels Are The World’s Lightest Solids?

Aerogels are known as the world’s lightest solids – what this means is that they are the least-dense solids that are known to mankind. Furthermore, they are also amazing thermal insulators and have found various uses for themselves in different situations. They have been used in numerous Mars missions and the Stardust comet particle-return mission. The video will focus on silica aerogels; however, you should bear in mind that graphene aerogels are now known to be the lightest, technically.

The description of the video says, ‘At one point Dr. Steven Jones literally held the Guinness World Record for making the lightest aerogel and therefore lightest solid. If you’re interested in learning more about aerogels, let me know in the comments as there is a potential trilogy in the works… Huge thanks to Dr. Stephen Steiner and the crew at Aerogel Technologies. Thanks to Dr. Steven Jones and Dr. Mihail Petkov at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory And thanks to FLIR for loaning us the awesome high definition thermal camera. The footage is amazing! Special thanks to Patreon supporters and everyone who provided feedback on an early draft of this video.’

You can check out the video below that is focused on silica aerogels. Do let us know what you think of the video and make sure that you share it with your friends and family members.

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