Virtual visitors worldwide can now explore many CERN sites directly from Google Maps via Google Street View. From the CERN Meyrin campus, which sits astride the Franco-Swiss border near Geneva, to CERN’s first synchrotron: the Proton Synchrotron, users can now navigate their way around CERN directly from Google Maps.
CERN and Google began collaborating on this project in 2010. The first release of images was in 2013, with Google Street Views of the Large Hadron Collider tunnel as well as the underground caverns of the ALICE, ATLAS, CMS and LHCb experiments, accessible through a dedicated CERN part of Google Street View.
“Google Maps Street View allow[s] anyone, anywhere in the world to take a peek into [CERN’s] laboratories, control centers and its myriad underground tunnels housing cutting-edge experiments” said Pascale Milite, an operations lead at Google.
The new above-ground images, integrated into Google Maps, enable people to navigate the streets of CERN’s Meyrin site, named after prominent physicists, view the different points around the 27-km Large Hadron Collider and peer inside the control rooms of the experiments and the CERN Control Centre, as well as the CERN Data Centre, which was the focus of an online scavenger hunt in 2013.
Providing a window into the laboratory, these new Street View images help to make CERN and its research facilities more accessible to people around the world.
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