WANTED: Xenon

Reward: $1,430.45 for the arrest of Xenon

Charges faced by Xenon:

  • Being part of multiple explosive compounds
  • Powering car headlights
  • Powering a NASA rocket engine
  • Being used in camera flash bulbs
  • Powering movie projectors
  • Helping create ultraviolet lamps
  • Radiation Detection
  • Medical Anesthetic
  • Medical Imaging

First arresting Officers

The first two to arrest this non-metal metal element were William Ramsay and Morris Tavers. They discovered it when they were experimenting with liquefied air. They also discovered helium, neon, argon, and krypton, which are also noble gasses. They named Xenon after the Greek word xenos, which means stranger. It is blue in color and it very rarely occurs naturally; only 30 parts per trillion in our atmosphere.
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This is a Bohr diagram of a Xenon atom

A normal atom of Xenon has 54 protons, 77 neutrons, and 54 electrons. It is stable because it has no charge.
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Facts about Xenon

  • The chemical symbol for Xenon is Xe.
  • The atomic number is 54.
  • Xenon's atomic mass is 131.3.
  • Xenon has 9 total isotopes,two of which are powerful oxidizers.
  • NASA's Xenon drive engine shoots a small amount of atoms out at enormous speeds of up to 88,000 mph. It is used to propel probes on deep space missions.
  • At room temperature, Xenon is a blue-colored gas.

Where is it located?

Xenon is located in the Noble Gases group. It is between Krypton on the top of it, Iodine to the left of it, and Radon below it.
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This is a video of how Xenon is being used:

Crazy Engineering: Ion Propulsion and the Dawn Mission

Bibliography

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"Chemical Elements.com - An Interactive Periodic Table of the Elements."Chemical Elements.com - An Interactive Periodic Table of the Elements. N.p., n.d. Web. 22 Sept. 2015.


"The FREE Online Science and Technology Book." Explain That Stuff! Science and Technology Made Simple. N.p., n.d. Web. 21 Sept. 2015.


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