Google has taken its Street View cameras into the CERN laboratory, and brought web users with it. Google Street View will now give you passage into CERN and around its Large Hadron Collider in Geneva, Switzerland.
This has geek appeal for tourists, and Google believes that scientists working with the kit will appreciate the closer look.
“We’re delighted that CERN opened its doors to Google Maps Street View allowing anyone, anywhere in the world to take a peek into its laboratories, control centers and its myriad underground tunnels housing cutting-edge experiments,” said Google in a blog post. “Street View also lets scientists working on the experiments, who may be on the other side of the world, explore the equipment they’re using.”
It’s an interesting place to be sure, and the Google mapping tool gives a good view of the insides of the particle smashing lab.
On display are the Large Hadron Collider and Alice, the a heavy-ion detector on the Large Hadron Collider ring, among other equipment.
“For two full weeks back in 2011, members of our Street View team from Google’s Zurich office worked with our CERN partners to capture this incredible imagery,” added Pascale Milite, an operations lead at Google. “You can check out the above experiments, like ATLAS, ALICE, CMS, LHCb and the Large Hadron Collider tunnel in Google Maps.”
CERN isn’t the only place that Google can take you. Among the other destinations you can explore are the oceans, the Galapagos Islands, and the Grand Canyon. “Doctor Who” fans can even explore TARDIS on Google Maps.
This article was originally published on the Inquirer.