June 8, 2011
This photo of the Space Shuttle Discovery's aft section features the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS), as seen from Russia's Mir space station, docked with Discovery at the time. AMS is the first large-magnet experiment ever placed in Earth orbit. The scientific goal of this high-energy physics experiment is to increase our understanding of the composition and origin of the universe. It is designed to search for and measure charged particles, including antimatter, outside Earth's atmosphere. The charge of such particles can be identified only by their trajectories in a magnetic field.
Topics: Environment, Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer, Particle physics, Physics, Technology Internet, Carso Center for Advanced Research in Space Optics, Antimatter, Mir, Magnetic field, Lunar Prospector, International Space Station