The incoming editor of the popular web site Gizmodo, Jeff Managu, has compiled a list of 25 destinations that will hold the interest of any nerd and—truth be told—of most of the rest of us, too. His article in Popular Science magazine was terrific.
One of my favorites is a physics laboratory a half mile below the earth in a 19th-century iron mine in northern Minnesota near the town of Soudan. It’s the deepest physics lab in North America, and it looks for changes in sub-atomic particles emitted 460 miles away at the Fermilab particle accelerator near Chicago. I
Then there’s the abandoned rocket-testing facility near Homestead in southern Florida. You’ll have to walk three-miles on a road through the Everglades to see the 150-foot-deep test silo where NASA tested solid-fuel rocket boosters.
And how about the Very Large Array—that’s what it’s called—of huge radio telescopes in New Mexico that scan the sky?