Computer artwork of ATLAS detector at CERN
Virtual reality in physics. Computer-generated wire-frame drawing showing a cut-away view of the ATLAS particle detector to be built at the CERN European particle physics laboratory. The ATLAS experiment will service two accelerator rings; the proposed Large Hadron Collider (dark blue pipe) and the existing Large Electron-Positron ring (grey and yellow). A figure (red) is shown in the lower right for scale. This image was made using CERN's VENUS virtual reality system. It is used to check engineering designs for fit and position before any component is actually manufactured; this process is called virtual prototyping. Compare with space-filled version, T490/163.
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Europe, 16th century nautical map
Nautical map of Europe, 1544 copy of Agnese Atlas. Several copies of this atlas were produced between 1536 and 1564, in Venice, by the Italian mapmaker Battista Agnese. The red lines crossing the map (thumb lines) centre on the compass rose at centre of the map, and are used to show distances between points on the map. As a nautical map, only details of the Mediterranean and Western European coasts are shown. The north and Baltic Sea coasts are not labelled. The Baltic coasts and British Isles are not mapped accurately. This edition of the atlas was dedicated to Hieronymus Ruffault, Abbot of St Vaast, Arras, France. It eventually reached the US Library of Congress in 1943.
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A400M Beach Landings
Pictured is an RAF A400M Atlas transport aircraft carrying out a series of spectacular test landings and take offs on a beach in South Wales.
The trial at Pembrey Air Weapons Range was organised by the DE&S A400M Project Team, based at MOD Abbey Wood in Bristol, in conjunction with Airbus and the Royal Air Force.
Atlas is coming into service as the 2nd Tranche replacement for the C130K to provide a tactical air lift and strategic oversize lift capability.
Operated by 2 pilots and a Weapons Systems Operator (Crewman) (WSOp (Cmn)), the aircraft has the ability to carry a 25-tonne payload over 2, 000nm to established and remote civilian and military airfields, or by landing on short, unprepared or semi-prepared strips.
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