Make it so tiny

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March 15 2010 5:00 PM

Make it so tiny

This.

Is.

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AWESOME!!!

nano_enterprise

That is a model of the USS Enterprise-D from Star Trek: The Next Generation, created using an ion beam that guides vaporized chemicals and deposits them into a given shape. The amazing thing is that this model of the Big Little-E is only 8.8 microns (millionths of a meter) long! For comparison, a human hair is about 50-100 microns across. This image is magnified 5000 times.

I wonder if it comes with a tiny Wil Wheaton, too?

Tip o' the VISOR to Digg.

Phil Plait writes Slate’s Bad Astronomy blog and is an astronomer, public speaker, science evangelizer, and author of Death From the Skies!  

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