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Physics: Particle Physicists Take to Orbit

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Science  12 Jan 1996:
Vol. 271, Issue 5246, pp. 142
DOI: 10.1126/science.271.5246.142


As prospects for large new accelerators dim, particle physicists are turning to projects in space. By doing do, the physicists gain a vast new source of exotic particles and photons; space science, in turn, gains from the physicists' detector expertise and their habit of working in large collaborations, which may reduce instrument-building costs. Already, one group is proposing to build a large orbiting gamma ray telescope; another has secured funding for an antimatter detector that will fly aboard the International Space Station.