Moving a 200-ton Spectrometer: THIS IS NUTS.

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Europe’s quaint, small streets are fantastic for perusing, people watching, and facilitating 200-ton Spectrometer transport.

Wait, what?

That’s what happened when people living in Leopoldshafen, Germany witnessed this monstrosity moving through the narrow streets of their town. What looked other-worldly was in fact the principle spectrometer of the Katrin experiment, a project that was created to measure the mass of the electron neutrino in 2009.

The spectrometer, manufactured from stainless steel sheets and measuring 24 meters long, is the biggest one made to date.

This fact coupled with the need to move it 400 km created a small problem for the scientists responsible for building it. That meant a 400 km trip quickly became a 9,000 km trip. From Bavaria, they shipped it on the Danube river to the Black Sea, from there via the Mediterranean through the Strait of Gibraltar to the Atlantic Ocean all the way up to the Netherlands. Once on the Rhine River, then they shipped it all the way to Leopoldshafen.

See the path below:

Spectrometer travel map

The very tail end of the trip called for trees, electrical wires, and traffic lights to be removed to accommodate the spectrometer’s size in the small towns leading up to Leopoldshafen.

Watch some of the final moves here: