ATLAS detector, CERN
ATLAS detector. Composite image of the ATLAS (a torodial LHC apparatus) detector (circular) at CERN (the European particle physics laboratory) near Geneva, Switzerland. The detector will be placed around the large hadron collider (LHC), CERN's highest energy particle accelerator. A computer representation of the proton beams that will flow through the LHC has been added to the photograph. ATLAS is a general- purpose detector designed to measure the broadest possible range of particles and physical processes that could result from the collision of the proton beams at very high energies. A pilot run of the LHC is scheduled for summer 2007.
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The space shuttles external fuel tank falls toward Earths atmosphere
July 26, 2005 - The external fuel tank is jettisoned from the Space Shuttle Discovery and falls toward Earths atmosphere during the completion of the launch phase of the STS-114 mission. A blue and white Earth forms the backdrop for this image.
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The Remote Manipulator System robotic arm hands-off an external stowage platform
August 14, 2007 - The Space Shuttle Endeavour's Remote Manipulator System (RMS) robotic arm (left) moves away following the hand-off of an external stowage platform (ESP-3) to the station's robotic arm while docked with the International Space Station. Astronauts Tracy Caldwell and Barbara R. Morgan, both STS-118 mission specialists, were inside at Endeavour's controls as the shuttle's robotic arm lifted the storage platform from the cargo bay to hand it over to the station's robotic arm, also known as Canadarm2. Astronauts Charlie Hobaugh, pilot, and Clay Anderson, Expedition 15 flight engineer, then used the Canadarm2 to attach the 13-by-7-foot platform to the station's Port 3 truss.
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