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NASA's Cold Atom Lab (CAL) was launched into space by a SpaceX rocket in 2018. Since then it has raked up the orbital miles aboard the International Space Station (ISS) while at the same time helping in the study and development of quantum technologies.

The versatile facility, which can be operated remotely from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory on Earth, has recently aided in the creation of "exotic matter" aboard the ISS.

NASA researchers recently reported the production of rubidium Bose-Einstein condensates (BECs) — atoms formed when certain elements are cooled to near absolute zero (0 Kelvin, minus 273.15 Celsius).

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Category: Science