NASA’s cold atom lab Today’s Video of the Day from NASA Goddard describes the Cold Atom Laboratory (CAL) on the International Space Station, which is colder than any known spot in the natural universe.
As the technology that we use every day becomes smaller and smaller, scientists must rely quantum physics to understand the nature of the particles that make up these devices.
By producing atoms a fraction of a degree above absolute zero, they are slowed down enough for experts to take precise measurements. The laboratory will be available for use by multiple scientific investigators and is designed to be maintained on orbit. The Cold Atom Laboratory launched successfully and was installed on the International Space Station in May 2018, serves as an experiment in the use of laser-cooled atoms for future quantum sensors.
The Cold Atom Laboratory (CAL) will be a multi-user facility designed to study ultra-cold quantum gases in the microgravity environment of the International Space Station (ISS). One of the primary goals of this facility will be to explore a previously inaccessible regime of extremely low temperatures where interesting. NASA’s cold atom lab as seen above in video shows the clouds and clear blue sky surround it.
Video Credit: NASA Goddard