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PostPosted: Sun Jul 04, 2010 3:11 pm 
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Big science is heading for the International Space Station with the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer now confirmed as part of the manifest for STS-134 with launch scheduled for [edited] 27 February, 2011 [was 26 February, 2011].

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The Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS-02) is a state-of-the-art particle physics detector designed to operate as an external module on the International Space Station. It will use the unique environment of space to study the universe and its origin by searching for antimatter, dark matter while performing precision measurements of cosmic rays composition and flux. The AMS-02 observations will help answering fundamental questions, such as "What makes up the universe's invisible mass?" or "What did happen to the primordial antimatter?"

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The Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS-02), scheduled for installation on the ISS in February 2011, is being re-built in its flight configuration which uses a permanent magnet, as opposed to the super conducting magnet. The unit has made its first detection. You can see the report here.

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The permanent magnet catched the first particle. A muon passed through its magnetic field and crossed all AMS-02 tracker planes. Cosmic-rays data collection has started!

The re-integration of the AMS-02 spectrometer is going ahead and is nearly complete. Meanwhile all the subsystems are again operational and the first cosmic rays are detected and recorded by the data acquisition.
The reconfigured Silicon Tracker with its 9 planes works well: in this computer reconstructed image you can see one of the first muons traversing the entire spectrometer and leaving detectable signals in the detector planes which allow the track to be reconstructed.

In the next 15 days the detector will undergo extensive tests and final integration of the thermal blankets before being exposed at CERN to a beam of high energy particles for the final calibration.

Then it will fly to Florida, transported on a C5 of the US Air Force leaving from the Geneva airport with destination the KSC Shuttle landing strip.

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david entwistle wrote:
The Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS-02), scheduled for installation on the ISS in February 2011, is being re-built in its flight configuration which uses a permanent magnet, as opposed to the super conducting magnet. The unit has made its first detection. You can see the report here.


The AMS-02 team certainly do things in style.

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On August 25th, a US Airforce C-5M Super Galaxy will land on the Geneva Airport to pick up the AMS-02 experiment and 65 members of the AMS Collaboration. On the following day the airplane will leave to KSC where will land on the famous Shuttle landing strip.

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AMS-02 is about to leave CERN and start its journey to Kennedy Space Center. Full story here.

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By midnight, august 20, the extensive AMS-02 test beam calibration has been completed. At 9 am on the following day the experiment has been extracted from the test beam area and transported into he structure which will host it while traveling to KSC. The scientists are now busy analyzing the data collected, in particular to accurately perform the alignment of the tracker planes; the results confirm that with the new tracker and magnet configuration the experiment exhibits almost identical measuring accuracy. On Monday, August 23, a special transport will leave CERN to reach the Geneva Airport premises, where about 50 tons of hardware accompanying the AMS-02 detector will be stored ready for loading on the C5 on early morning of Wednesday, August 25. During the last week NASA personnel has listed and checked more than 2500 items traveling with AMS to KSC.

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AMS-02 is now at the Kennedy’s Space Station Processing Facility in preparation for its integration into STS-134's cargo hold.

The journey, from CERN to KSS, is described here, here and here.

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