By The Sun STAFF REPORTER
WE are all still here!
Scientists cheered as a beam of proton particles completed their first circuit of the 27km long Large Hadron Collider (LHC).
The white-haired Welshman showed few signs of stress, however, even finding time for a small joke when the machine took a second longer than expected to demonstrate it was operating correctly.
“Five, four, three, two, one, zero,” he counted down, then smiled as he added: “Nothing.”
But the experts behind the biggest experiment in human history have spent the hours leading up to it performing a bizarre rap for the internet.
As the boffins dance around the European Nuclear Research Centre – known as CERN, using its French initials – their chief rapper called Alpinekat chants:
“The LHC accelerates the protons and the lead.
“And the things that it discovers will rock you in the head.
“We see asteroids and planets galore, “We know a black hole resides at each galaxy’s core.
“But even all that matter can not explain “What holds all these stars together something else remains.”
They aim to fire beams of protons at almost the speed of light in opposite directions through a 17-mile ring-shaped frozen tunnel.
Each beam will pack as much energy as a 93mph Eurostar train.
Although the big switch-on took place today, the first high-energy collisions are not due until October 21.
The CERN team insist the project is safe.
They say it could even help to bring massive benefits, such as a cure for cancer and solutions to nuclear waste and global warming.
They even tried to get the European Court of Human Rights to stop the tests.