I built a stand to display the noble gasses in all their colorful ionized glory.

The “Crown of Nobles” Noble Gas Tube Display

In my day job I work with ion thrusters for spacecraft, which are essentially electric-powered rockets that fling Xenon gas out at super high speeds to provide thrust and allow satellites to change their orbit. Xenon is a rare element way up on the periodic table, and it’s great for in-space propulsion because it’s fairly […]

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