The Epic Journey of the KATRIN Main Spectrometer


Photo: KATRIN Main Spectrometer

In November 2006, the people of Leopoldshafen, Germany, saw the spectacle of their lives:

It looked like an alien spaceship, but it was actually the main spectrometer of the KATRIN experiment, a project that will try to to measure the mass of the electron neutrino in 2009.

The spectrometer was built 400 km (250 mi.) away in Deggendorf, but when they wanted to transport it, they found out that it was too big for the roads and the canals, so the spectrometer had to travel the nearly 9,000 km (5,600 mi.) journey through Austria, Hungary, Romania, the Black Sea, the Mediterranean Sea, the Netherlands and finally back to Germany!

Fogonazos has more pics and a couple of YouTube clip about the epic journey of the 200-ton spectrometer: Link - Thanks aberron!


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..."journey through Austria, Hungary, Romania, the Black Sea, the Mediterranean Sea, the Netherlands and finally back to Germany!"...

Yeah, that's what they did in the 1940's, too.
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dick, that's what I was thinking too. Hope that this was sturdy. The worst thing would be to build it, move it then drop it right at the last mile breaking it.
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