The "Desertron" Is The Super Collider Than Never Was

The "Desertron" Is The Super Collider Than Never Was

Buried somewhere in Waxahachie, Texas lives something the locals refer to as "Desertron." The Large Hadron Collider doesn't hold a candle to this supercollider, but this enormous Texas facility never came to be. The Desertron would've been three times more powerful and three larger than the already-impressive Large Hadron Collider (which is very well known for discovering the Higgs boson particle). In the '80s when the supercollider was conceived, Congress decided that funding the International Space Station took priority over the Desertron. This was after they had already invested $2 billion.

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Key Facts In This Video

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    The Large Hadron Collider discovered the Higgs boson particle. (0:13)

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    The "Desertron" would have been three times larger than the Large Hadron Collider. (0:55)

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    Instead of funding the "Desertron," Congress decided that funding the International Space Station took priority. (1:36)

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