Today’s physics news: LHC trials proton-lead collisions, and more…
LHC trials proton-lead collisions
Physicists at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider (LHC) are analysing the results of their first attempt at colliding protons and lead ions. Further attempts at proton–lead collisions are expected over the next few weeks. If these trials are successful, a full-blown experimental programme could run in 2012.
China space station test modules dock in historic rendezvous
Two unmanned Chinese spacecraft have docked successfully and are orbiting the Earth together in a step towards China having its own manned space station.