If you continuously watch the LHC status, you must have noticed that on March 1st, 2011, a beam was dumped at some point. Why did it happen?
Well, it happened because they told the second man on the Moon, climate skeptic Buzz Aldrin, to press the red button, and he did so. ;-) Here a few words he said about the future of science:
Buzz Aldrin couldn't hide that particle physics wasn't his field but he's still such as skillful and charming speaker that what he had to say actually made some sense.
Via Symmetry Breaking