Scientists look into vacuums in space

March 10, 2000

* Scientists from a United Kingdom-led consortium of universities are planning to explore the "inner space" of vacuums with a probe in orbit around the Earth.

The Casimir mission would seek to investigate quantum mechanics, which predicts that even a perfect vacuum should be seething with short-lived particles and forces.

European Space Agency experts will spend the next six months assessing the project against five others, all but one with UK involvement, before announcing which one will be launched as one of the so-called flexi-missions towards the end of the decade.

You've reached your article limit.

Register to continue

Registration is free and only takes a moment. Once registered you can read a total of 3 articles each month, plus:

  • Sign up for the editor's highlights
  • Receive World University Rankings news first
  • Get job alerts, shortlist jobs and save job searches
  • Participate in reader discussions and post comments
Register

Have your say

Log in or register to post comments