Apr 25, 2012

Ultralight Microlace and Vesta

Ultralight Metallic Microlace. So light and squishy, it can rest on the seed heads of a dandelion. It weighs less than one milligram per cubic centimeter, bounces back after compression, and is made of a repeating lattice. It has incredible potential for use as thermal insulation; acoustic, vibration or shock dampening; energy absorption and recovery; and electronic parts. Spaceships? Maybe a space elevator. LEARN MORE

The Dawn mission has been at the asteroid Vesta for several months.

This image obtained by the framing camera on NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows the south pole of the giant asteroid Vesta. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA. Click on the image for a larger view.

Scientists believe their could be ice on Vesta.

Though generally thought to be quite dry, roughly half of the giant asteroid Vesta is expected to be so cold and to receive so little sunlight that water ice could have survived there for billions of years, according to the first published models of Vesta's average global temperatures and illumination by the sun. LEARN MORE

After study is complete at Vesta, Dawn will move onto Ceres.

I love looking at photos of other worlds. They're fantastic. Some of those craters look big enough to hide a Milenium Falcon.

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That ultra light lattice looks neat. What would you build from it? I'm thinking spaceships. Not surprising, huh? The mission to the Asteroid Belt fascinates me. What new things will we learn?