Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer

Building the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer: 16 Years in 3 Minutes

by Nancy Atkinson April 3, 2013

The Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer on board the International Space Station released its first results today (read about them here) after having been in space since 2011. But this particle physics experiment was years in the making. In just 3 minutes, you can watch 16 years of building, preparing, launching and activating this detector. Below, watch […]

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Space Station Detector Finds Extra Antimatter in Space, Maybe Dark Matter

by Nancy Atkinson April 3, 2013

The first results from the largest and most complex scientific instrument on board the International Space Station has provided tantalizing hints of nature’s best-kept particle secrets, but a definitive signal for dark matter remains elusive. While the AMS has spotted millions of particles of antimatter – with an anomalous spike in positrons — the researchers […]

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Era of Space Shuttle Endeavour Ends with June 1 landing at the Kennedy Space Center

by Ken Kremer June 1, 2011

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER – Space Shuttle Endeavour and her six man crew landed safely today at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 2:35 a.m. EDT following a 16 day journey of more than sixteen million miles. The STS-134 mission marked the end of Endeavour’s space exploration career. It was the 25th and last space […]

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Awesome Hi Def Launch Videos from Endeavour

by Ken Kremer May 27, 2011

As the shuttle era frenetically draws to a close, the launch views of the thunderous climb to orbit captured by NASA just get ever more stunning and vividly illustrate what it’s like to liftoff to space. Check out this awesome collection of high definition videos of Endeavour’s final blast off as recorded by cameras mounted […]

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AMS Now Attached to the Space Station, Ready to Observe the Invisible Universe

by Nancy Atkinson May 19, 2011

The long-awaited Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer, a particle physics detector that could unlock mysteries about dark matter and other cosmic radiation, has now been installed outside the International Space Station. It is the largest and most complex scientific instrument yet on board the orbiting laboratory, and will examine ten thousand cosmic-ray hits every minute, looking for […]

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