South Dakota Space Grant Sponsors Student Researchers in Underground Experiment

EAD, S.D. (KELO) — From Mt. Rushmore to the Corn Palace, South Dakota is known for its attractions.

But not a lot of people are aware that Lead, South Dakota is home to the nation’s underground laboratory.

The Sanford Underground Research Facility also known as SURF performs world-class science experiments everyday in the Northern Hills. SURF is the only deep underground science lab located in the United States and one of the deepest in the world.

The people who work underground include physicists, biologists, geologists and engineers.

“In a lot of these, although we’ve known they exist for a while we really don’t know how they behave and what role they play and how the universe operates and its make-up. So these are really at the forefront and really world-leading experiments that we’re performing here,” SDSTA Executive Director Mike Headley said.

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Original Story Post Date: 1/10/2024