In the second chapter, Marburger provides a detailed accounting of the factors leading to the demise of the Superconducting Super Collider
from his vantage as chair of the board of trustees of the University Research Association, the group managing the project.
Maybe the ghost of the Superconducting Super Collider
- like the Commendatore - will rise up and drag the ISS down to the hell it deserves.
There's the Superconducting Super Collider
in Dallas, for example.
Since 1989 the Superconducting Super Collider
Laboratory, in Waxahachie, Texas, has been designing and is now building the most powerful subatomic particle accelerator in the world.
The Rathbone parts are alignment keys used in several prototype superconducting magnets that Fermilab is developing for the Superconducting Super Collider
(SSC) being built near Dallas.
Of course, the Superconducting Super Collider
, or S.S.C., comes with a few problems that are also rather large: the probable removal of several hundred families from some of the 19,000 acres to be bought up for the collider and its above-ground "campus"; the projected influx of up to 30,000 people in the next decade, and aU that implies for the environment of rural Ellis County; the effects of the radiation that will inevitably escape from the tunnel; and, not least, the disposal of radioactive waste from the megaproject.
This is the age of BIG science--the Superconducting Super Collider
, acid rain, the greenhouse effect, SDI, the Very Large Antenna Array, proposals for a manned mission to Mars, and a host of other projects.
His destination is the Hyperconducting Hyper Collider, the world's most powerful particle accelerator, built on the remains of the Superconducting Super Collider
, abandoned in 1993 after excavation of 14 of its planned 54 miles of tunnels.
Decades ago, a similar machine called the Superconducting Super Collider
, was nearly built in Waxahachie, 30 miles south of Dallas.
The United States once had plans to build an even more powerful--and more costly- accelerator, the Superconducting Super Collider
, but that project was scrapped when Congress eliminated funding 15 years ago.
Scientists still worry that it could suffer the same fate as the Superconducting Super Collider
, a similar project that received $2 billion in funding before it was canceled by Congress in 1993.
Even as particle physicists desperately, unsuccessfully tried to get their $10 billion Superconducting Super Collider
built in Texas, a smaller initiative quietly proceeded: the Human Genome Project.