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Scientists Seek to Use Cosmic Rays to Probe Secrets Hidden Within Great Pyramid of Giza

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The Great Pyramid of Giza, Egypt - Sputnik International, 1920, 01.03.2022
The Explore the Great Pyramid team postulates that the telescopes they intend to use in their quest are much more sensitive than “the equipment that has recently been used at the Great Pyramid."
A team of scientists seeks to use cosmic-ray muons in order to look deep into the Great Pyramid of Giza and try to map its internal structure.
According to the Universe Today website, the so-called Explore the Great Pyramid (EGP) mission is going to use muon tomography to image the interior of the legendary landmark.
This particular method had already been used to study the pyramid in the 1960s by American physicist Luis Alvarez and his team. And in 2017, the ScanPyramid project employed muon tomography and infrared thermography to examine the pyramid's interior, discovering the "Big Void" – a massive void above the Grand Gallery– in the process.
The EGP team, however, reportedly says that their muon telescope system is going to be much more powerful than the previously employed muon imaging.
"We plan to field a telescope system that has upwards of 100 times the sensitivity of the equipment that has recently been used at the Great Pyramid, will image muons from nearly all angles and will, for the first time, produce a true tomographic image of such a large structure," the team stated.
This March 30, 2020 file photo, shows the empty Giza Pyramids and Sphinx complex on lockdown due to the coronavirus outbreak in Egypt. In July, fearing further economic fallout, the government reopened much of society and welcomed hundreds of international tourists back to resorts, even as daily reported deaths exceeded 80. Restaurants and cafes are reopening with some continued restrictions, and masks have been mandated in public - Sputnik International, 1920, 23.01.2022
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The EGP team, which currently works on building telescopes and strives to determine which data-handling techniques they are going to use, hopes that their effort will yield the first actual tomographic – rather than 2D – image of the Great Pyramid, the media outlet adds.
"The Exploring the Great Pyramid Mission takes a different approach to imaging large structures with cosmic-ray muons. The use of very large muon telescopes placed outside the structure, in our case, the Great Pyramid of Khufu on the Giza plateau, can produce much higher resolution images due to the large number of detected muons," the team said. "In addition, by moving the telescopes around the base of the pyramid, true tomographic image reconstruction can be performed for the first time."
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