Xenon is a noble gas that turns up in various lights.
It gets used in xenon ion propulsion systems for spacecraft.
Xenon is also the ‘perfect’ anaesthetic, says Professor Allan Blackman from the Auckland University of Technology, in episode 92 of Elemental.
The Elemental podcast is celebrating 150 years since the periodic table was first published by Russian chemist Dmitri Mendeleev.
Find out more about events during the United Nation’s International Year of the Periodic Table.
Professor Allan Blackman is at Auckland University of Technology.