September 10, 2008 - CERN's LHC particle accelerator starts operating successfully

Hace 10 años entró en funcionamiento el LHC del CERN

In 2008, the European Organization for Nuclear Research (official name in Spanish), commonly known by its initials CERN (provisional acronyms used in 1952 that respond to the name in French Conseil Européen pour la Recherche Nucléaire, that is, European Council for Research Nuclear), located in Geneva (Switzerland), the largest experiment in history up to that time was carried out.

At 9:30 a.m., the largest and most expensive particle accelerator in the world, the LHC, comes into operation, circulating a beam of one billion protons through its 27-kilometre length in just over 50 minutes. The objective was to try to simulate the “Big Bang” on a very small scale, the explosion that occurred 15,000 million years ago, giving rise to known space.

Ten thousand scientists from more than 80 countries hope to solve great enigmas: where we came from, how we got here, what the universe is made of and why it is the way it is.

This milestone marks the culmination of 20 years of work for physicists, engineers, technicians and support personnel from more than 80 countries.

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