Hot off the Press! Tunnel Visions: The Rise and Fall of the Superconducting Super Collider
From Computing Bits, April 27, 2016
Just outside Waxahachie, Texas stand the remains of what was the biggest basic-science project ever attempted at the time: the Superconducting Super Collider. Started in 1983, the SSC was intended to be the largest accelerator ever made with record-breaking energy production. It would allow for significant discoveries, thus ensuring the placement of the United States at the forefront of the high-energy physics community. Due to a host of issues, the SSC project, only 20 percent complete, was terminated by Congress in 1993 after $2 billion had been spent. Today, 14 miles of tunnels and a network of abandoned buildings are all that remain of what was once a symbol of cutting-edge science and technology.
Updated April 29, 2016