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We watch with wonder the images beamed back to Earth by the Mars Sojourner probe wonder at the fact that we are seeing pictures of a new largely unexplored world It is a great tribute to our space program that we can see these pictures and wonder that these images lead us to ask important questions about our place in the cosmos Yet we are also exploring strange new worlds right here on Earth worlds just as wondrous worlds that require new and exciting technologies just to visit worlds that ask and answer even more questions about how our universe came to be These are the worlds of inner space as far inside the structure of matter as we can see Deep inside the atom there exists a world of tiny invisible particles that are the building blocks of the universe this is the world of high-energy physics If we could send back pictures from this world it would look far stranger than Mars We would see particles arise out of nothingness fluttering into existence for a billionth of a billionth of a second and then disappearing back into the void We would see a world of amazing order and predictability yet one whose fundamental patterns and symmetries are mysteriously broken And we know that some day this world will give us answers to fundamental questions such as Why do things have mass Why is there so much matter and so little antimatter And why are there so many of these tiny elementary particles anyway When people ask why we should continue to do research about a world so removed so different from our own I say the reasons are just the same as in the exploration of space or any other new frontier The journey is in some ways an end in itself you never really know what youre going to find until you go From Lewis and Clark to Aldrin Armstrong and
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