Balky Collider Offline Into '09

Lengthy repair times, and necessary winter maintenance, delay Large Hadron Collider
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 23, 2008 3:52 PM CDT
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(Newser) – A serious malfunction, and the necessarily slow progress of repairs, will keep the Large Hadron Collider from starting its first experiments until spring, the Times reports. A major problem Friday shut down the European atom-smasher, and officials said the heating, repair and recooling of the giant magnets would take 2 months. But scheduled winter maintenance will intervene, effectively shuttering the huge experiment into 2009.