Volume 89 Issue 21 | p. 28 | Concentrates
Issue Date: May 23, 2011

Cosmic Ray Detector Gets To Space Station

Department: Government & Policy
Keywords: cosmic rays, NASA

When the space shuttle Endeavour took off last week on its last flight and the shuttle program’s penultimate mission, it was carrying a novel cosmic ray detector to the International Space Station. The Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer-02 (AMS) and other supplies will increase the research capabilities of the station. Designed to track, but not capture, cosmic rays, AMS is a 2-ton ring of powerful magnets and ultrasensitive detectors. Scientists, who will control the instrument . . .

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