The Large Hadron Collider (LHC)
The Large Hardon Collider or the LHC, is a highly publicized as the biggest science experiment of all time, was certainly, with no question, the most expensive, costing about a staggering $9 billion. The LHC, the most powerful particle collider ever assembled, was built near Geneva in Switzerland, by a group of more than 10, 000 scientists and support staff from 111 nations. Activated for the first time in September 2008, the LHC will be used to help physicists understand more complex issues such as dark matter and other mysteries of the universe. But some mechanical problems caused the LHC to shut down until around the summer of 2009.
Many people feared that the Large Hardon Collider (LHC) would be so powerful and strong that it would create a black hole and swallow the universe. Thanks God! The good news is it did not.
The Martian Refreshments
Over the summer, NASA’s Phoenix Mars Lander spacecraft took soil samples from the surface of Mars that turned out to contain H2O – good old water, just like on Earth. While the Mars Odyssey Orbiter had already found evidence of water in the form of ice, the Phoenix event was the first time a NASA probe had actually “touched and tasted” water sample. This was exciting for the scientists because water- particularly if it gets warm enough to thaw from ice to liquid – is one good indicator of the possibility of life on the Red Planet.