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Cold Atom Laboratory: Coldest Place In The Universe

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NASA is planning to create the Cold Atom Laboratory aboard the International Space Station in 2016. The purpose is to create the coldest thing in the known universe, getting the lab down to temperatures as cold as the laws of physics will allow. The point where atoms stop moving entirely is absolute zero, but scientists will never achieve it seeing as it is only theoretical.

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Key Facts In This Video

  1. The less heat something has, the less energy its atoms have to move around. 00:15

  2. The Cold Atom Laboratory is set to launch to the International Space Station in 2016, and will become the coldest place in the known universe. 00:49

  3. The Cold Atom Laboratory will reach 1 picokelvin, only one billionth of a degree above absolute zero. 01:23

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