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Season 2010 Episode 0325

Big Bang 2.0 in Switzerland: Int'l Collaboration at CERN

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Big Bang 2.0 in Switzerland: Int'l Collaboration at CERN
The world's largest scientific experiment is underway. Hundreds of feet below the peaceful countryside of Geneva, a gigantic particle accelerator is poised to recreate the Big Bang.The so-called Large Hadron Collider is a tubular track constructed by the international organization CERN, about 17 miles long, with thousands of superconducting magnets each weighing about 27 tons. Inside the track, protons are accelerated and made to collide at almost exactly the speed of light.The experiments at CERN could revolutionize science. They will give scientists a chance to understand the fundamental mysteries of the Universe, such as: where does the Universe come from? What is the origin of mass? Are there extra dimensions?The experiments are also an example of dozens of nations working together, united in the quest for expanding human knowledge. An illustration is the cooperation between CERN and NASA in the AMS-02 project. The Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer is currently on its way from Geneva to the Kennedy Space Center, from where it will be carried to the International Space Station.For Complete Details: Embassy of Switzerland invites you to a discussion featuring experts from the European and American scientific community. The panel will explain why this is such a historic occasion, present the cooperation with NASA, and comment on whether the experiments could create a black hole.During the discussion, there will be a video interview with Captain Mark E. Kelly, Commander of NASA's space shuttle mission with the AMS-02, and a live video link to CERN's LHC Command Center in Geneva, Switzerland.moreless

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