National Ignition Facility
NIF's 192 lasers culminate inside this target chamber, which contains the hohlraum.
Now on to another potentially amazing feat of human achievement: the National Ignition Facility in Livermore, California.
NIF, as it's known, is a $5 billion, taxpayer-funded super laser project. It's been hailed as the ultimate in revolutionary science and dismissed as the mother of all boondoggles.
Its humble goal? Nuclear fusion, the creation of a tiny star inside a laboratory. But so far that hasn't happened, as the California Report's Amy Standen explains.