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News Ancient particle accelerator discovered on Mars

  1. Apr 1, 2017 #1


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    "The search for water, or even signs of life, on the planet Mars has been ongoing for some time. But with today’s announcement by CERN and NASA scientists, the exploration of the red planet has revealed a major new discovery. New images of the surface of Mars taken by NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter probe, analysed by an interdisciplinary team of experts from the fields of geology, archaeology and particle physics, have revealed the presence of the largest particle accelerator ever built. The team has shown that Olympus Mons, previously thought to be the largest volcanic formation in the solar system, is in fact the remains of an ancient particle accelerator thought to have operated several million years ago.
    "A landslide stretching over several kilometres spotted by the probe’s high-resolution camera, sparked the scientists’ attention. This apparently recent event revealed a number of structures, which intrigued the scientists, as their shapes clearly resembled those of superconducting accelerating cavities such as those used in the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). With a circumference of almost 2000 kilometres, this particle accelerator would have been around 75 times bigger than the LHC, and millions of times more powerful. However, it is not yet known which type of particles might have been accelerated in such a machine."
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  3. Apr 1, 2017 #2


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    You do realize that was posted on April Fools Day, right?
  4. Apr 1, 2017 #3
    "Various factors must be taken into account when considering the validity of a scientific claim." And yes, you can quote me on that:
    ~Tom 4/1/2017
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    So this isn't real either?
  6. Apr 1, 2017 #5
    Merry April the 1st to you, too :)
  7. Apr 3, 2017 #6


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    Too bad, I would love to have a Goggle Gnome! :biggrin:
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