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Tune in to the LHC

10/05/09

Want to keep up with the Large Hadron Collider's status, schedules and milestones? Check out CERN’s LHC News video series on YouTube. The regular reports use video, animations, interviews, and commentary to inform the public about the status of repairs and the start-up schedule of the accelerator, as well as the major milestones of the LHC experiments.

"A lot has happened during the past few months, the LHC has achieved many milestones on time, but people have difficulty understanding why it takes so long to make accelerators operational--it is not exactly like switching a microwave on!" says Paola Catapano, who produces and directs the videos with colleague Silvano De Gennaro in the CERN Communication Group.  "LHC News is one way CERN uses to keep public interest in the LHC high by creating suspense as to what's happening next and when we are going to switch on again."

And the interest is definitely there: the special report "Why did the LHC break down?" has been viewed over 96,000 times, more than NASA’s video of the last  Space Shuttle lift-off.

Watching the LHC News, you will not only visit the accelerator tunnel and the experiments’ caverns, but you will actually see the magnets being repaired and peek over the shoulders of scientists in the control rooms. You will learn first-hand what is going on at CERN, and meet people who are coming from all over the world to participate in the LHC endeavor.

So don’t miss the next episodes!

by Manuela Cirilli

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