March 26, 2014
(12 July 2011) --- This picture, photographed by NASA astronaut Ron Garan during the spacewalk conducted on July 12, 2011, shows the sun and many components of the International Space Station. In this frame the space shuttle Atlantis cannot be seen but is docked just out of frame right and a Russian Soyuz docked to Pirs, below the sun. In the lower right foreground is the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS) experiment installed during the STS-134 mission. AMS is a state-of-the-art particle physics detector designed to use the unique environment of space to advance knowledge of the universe and lead to the understanding of the universe's origin by searching for antimatter and dark matter, and measuring cosmic rays.
Topics: Technology Internet, Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer, Manned spacecraft, Spaceflight, Pirs, STS-134, Expedition 27, Assembly of the International Space Station, Space Shuttle Atlantis, International Space Station