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Towards the coldest spot in the Universe December 28th, 2012

NASA has recently begun development on the Cold Atom Laboratory (CAL), a multi-user facility for the study of ultra-cold quantum gases in the microgravity environment of the space station. One of the primary goals of this facility will be to explore a previously inaccessible regime of extremely low temperatures where interesting and novel quantum phenomena can be expected. It will also be a pathfinder experiments for many cold atom based space applications to come in the future. JPL will be responsible for developing the CAL ISS payload. The Quantum Sciences and Technology group will be a key player in the ISS facility development as well as science experiments. For more information, please visit CAL website