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Google Street View goes into the heart of CERN

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Thu Sep 26 2013, 16:16

MAPPING FIRM Google has taken its Street View cameras into the CERN laboratory, and brought web users with it.

Google's Street View will now give you passage into CERN and around its Large Hadron Collider in Geneva, Switzerland.

This has geek appeal for tourists, and Google reckons that scientists working with the kit will appreciate the closer look.

"We're delighted that CERN opened its doors to Google Maps Street View allowing anyone, anywhere in the world to take a peek into its laboratories, control centers and its myriad underground tunnels housing cutting-edge experiments," said Google in a blog post.

"Street View also lets scientists working on the experiments, who may be on the other side of the world, explore the equipment they're using."

It is an interesting place to be sure, and the Google mapping tool gives a good view of the insides of the particle smashing lab.

On display are the Large Hadron Collider and Alice, the a heavy-ion detector on the Large Hadron Collider ring, among other equipment.

The images were collected over a fortnight in 2011. "For two full weeks back in 2011, members of our Street View team from Google's Zurich office worked with our CERN partners to capture this incredible imagery," added Pascale Milite, an operations lead at Google.

"You can check out the above experiments, like ATLAS, ALICE, CMS, LHCb and the Large Hadron Collider tunnel in Google Maps."

CERN is not the only place that Google can take you and also on its pages are the Galapagos Islands and the Grand Canyon. Closer to home are the waterways of the UK. µ


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