Baby just took her first step! After over a year of delays, CERN's Large Hadron Collider saw its first collision on Monday when two low energy proton beams were smashed into one another. This comes after the LHC's warm up over the weekend, and it's another milestone for the 17-mile-long-ring as it works itself back up to full strength.
Next on the schedule is an intense commissioning phase aimed at increasing the beam intensity and accelerating the beams. All being well, by Christmas, the LHC should reach 1.2 TeV per beam, and have provided good quantities of collision data for the experiments' calibrations.CERN Director General Rolf Heuer remarked that it was "a great achievement to have come this far in so short a time." Granted, it may not seem all that short to those of us that have been following its progress, but a year of delays for a multi-billion dollar project and the largest science experiment ever endeavored by mankind doesn't seem so bad. We can afford him some leeway, right?