30 stunning images of the Large Hadron Collider

Since the Large Hadron Collider didn't destroy the world this morning, isn't it high time we forgive and forget? And what better way than with a meaty gallery of industrial goodness from all stages of its development, cataloging the effort to build the largest particle accelerator in the world. Of course, today's test was simply to see if the LHC's beam would successfully navigate its almost-17-mile ring. Collisions come later.

C'mon, don't think about that. Look, just gaze at that red, glowing detector above. It's even kind of cute, right? Like HAL 9000 cute. Oh…

Ahem, without further ado, feast your eyes on the gallery below and learn to love again. When you're done, browse our feature on the 10 ways the Large Hadron Collider will blow your mind.




All photographs provided courtesy of CERN and its various photographers.