Mar 11, 2017 07:15 AM EST
SpaceX Brings Cold Atom Laboratory To Space To Make The Coldest Spot On The Universe [Video]
SpaceX has been scheduled to deliver to the International Space Station the Cold Atom Laboratory. This laboratory could create the coldest spot on the universe. SpaceX will deliver the laboratory to the ISS on August 1, 2017.
SpaceX will be carrying a box of lasers that make up the The Cold Atom Laboratory. This will be installed at the International Space Station where scientists can work in a zero-gravity environment.
The scientists will l simulates the Bose-Einstein Condensation where atoms are made hyper-cold until they take a wavelike nature and behaving like matter in space. Studying the characteristics of the super-cold atom would bring an understanding of matter that makes up the universe. This would include the dark matter, which comprise a huge percentage of space, according to The Register.
The idea of launching SpaceX to the ISS came after researchers realized they need to conduct the experiment in an area where there is no gravity. This means sending the Cold Atom Laboratory to ISS using SpaceX.
Conducting the experiment in space would mean there is no gravity to affect the cold atom. Researchers believed that the hyper-cold atoms could last for up to 20 seconds. This would give scientists to subject it to several tests to discover the secrets of the universe, according to Business Insider.
Scientists in charge of this project believe that by studying the cold atom, they would understand the nature of gravity and that of the dark energy. This type of energy is believed to occupy the whole space and appeared to make the universe expand faster than it should.
The success of the experiments to be conducted at the Cold Atom Laboratory would help scientists decide whether dark energy or dark matter really exists or not. If it does, the next thing to do is to understand its nature and how it affects the universe, the galaxy and eventually the planet Earth.
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