Monday, May 23, 2011

Exploring The Wonders Of The Universe

This image shows the newly-installed Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer-2, which is visible at the center of the International Space Station's starboard truss. The Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer, or AMS, is the largest scientific collaboration to use the orbital laboratory.

This project is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy and is funded by 16 nations. Led by Nobel Laureate Samuel Ting, more than 600 physicists from around the globe will be able to participate in the data generated from this particle physics detector. The mission of the AMS is, in part, to seek answers to the mysteries of antimatter, dark matter and cosmic ray propagation in the universe.

Image Credit: NASA


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