1:1,000,000,000 Scale Model USS Enterprise

March 15, 2010


This is the world's smallest scale model of the USS Enterprise. It's tiny. Like, smaller than your penis tiny. Invisible to the naked eye. Or, let's be honest, even the clothed eyes. You poor bastard.

Measuring just 8.8-micrometers long, this 1-billionth scale model of the USS Enterprise "was made with a 30 kV Ga+ focused-ion- beam CVD using phenanthrene gas by Takayuki Hoshino and Shinji Matsui of the Himeji Institute of Technology."

Now correct me if I'm wrong, but this is supposed to be a scale model, right? Because I always thought the Enterprise had a little more of an aerodynamic appearance. This thing looks like a crushed pie pan. Which, day after Pi Day tie-in -- I'm taking it!

1-Billionth Scale Model of USS Enterprise Measures 8.8-Micrometers Long [techeblog]

Thanks to sham, who boldly went to be before 10PM and got a great night's sleep.

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