The International Space Station(ISS) is by far the most expensive man-made object money can buy and yet we cast it into space, set in near future government threatens to pull out funding for ISS and give it to high energy particle research instead due to recent (re)discoveries at LHC(Europe) in the past couple of years. To save ISS the science community decided to conduct particle collision in space with the help of ISS, we will attach several modules in series spanning approximately 1 kilometer long to house a linear particle accelerator. Since it will become the longest man-made object ever put into space I'm actually more concern about the effect of tidal force during a moon flyby, or am I paranoid?

  • $\begingroup$ Why would you want to spend all that extra money to do the collisions in space? It won't likely teach you anything new. $\endgroup$
    – Erik
    Aug 18 '15 at 10:26
  • $\begingroup$ Do you know how expensive that would be? Most countries don't have that amount of money in their treasury... $\endgroup$
    – Neil
    Aug 18 '15 at 10:31
  • $\begingroup$ @Erik in order to create energy of 3 TeV we need 4Km long tunnel and my proposal will not only save ISS it will also save space for future experiments. $\endgroup$
    – user6760
    Aug 18 '15 at 10:34
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    $\begingroup$ cum? Mmh, I'm not sure what the moon is trying to do to the ISS, but it will likely be NSFW. $\endgroup$
    – o0'.
    Aug 18 '15 at 11:00
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    $\begingroup$ @Lohoris those ISS scientists are so nasty! $\endgroup$ Aug 18 '15 at 11:03

Why? There is already 3 miles at SLAC. Gravity is not a problem for accelerators. You want shielding around the detectors, so put them under ground! You also need power.

As for the effects of a 1km tether, just by being a non-point mass, look up "space tethers".


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