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Space Becomes a Physics Lab

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Science  10 Dec 1999:
Vol. 286, Issue 5447, pp. 2060-2062
DOI: 10.1126/science.286.5447.2060

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ROHNERT PARK, CALIFORNIA-- At a workshop held here this fall at Sonoma State University, about 150 leading astronomers, cosmologists, and physicists teamed up to plan visionary projects that would glean fundamental physics from relics of the big bang, when the basic laws of physics were set, and from violent corners of today's universe, which host energetic physics beyond the reach of particle accelerators. For now, most of these projects have no funding or timetables, but the meeting organizers hoped the discussions would catalyze the planning needed for some missions to take wing in the next few decades.