In Space Whats On The Outside Matters

In Space, What's On The Outside Matters

Jessica Nimon, International Space Station Program Science Office/NASA's Johnson Space Center We all know that it’s what’s on the inside that counts, right? But sometimes what’s outside can be just as important. At least that’s the case...

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space station AMS-02 study
2014-05-24 06:46:57

By Jessica Nimon, International Space Station Program Science Office, NASA's Johnson Space Center Scientists and engineers alike may soon agree with Frank Sinatra, who sang about Chicago as “My Kind of Town” when the city hosts the third annual International Space Station (ISS) Research and Development conference from June 17 to 19. While attending, guests will learn about the latest research and technology accomplishments, share ideas for microgravity experiments and find ways to put...

Evidence That Dark Matter Is Real
2013-04-04 05:36:28

[ Watch the Video: AMS Time Lapse Installation ] John P. Millis, Ph.D. for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online For decades scientists have wondered whether a mysterious form of matter — known simply as Dark Matter since it does not interact directly with light — makes up the majority of the “stuff” in the Universe. Researchers have pointed to the seminal work on the Bullet Cluster of galaxies as evidence that dark matter is a real substance. But similar...

2013-04-03 12:38:48

NASA will hold a news conference at 1:30 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, April 3, to discuss the first results of the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS) experiment. AMS is a state-of-the-art cosmic ray particle physics detector located on the exterior of the International Space Station. The briefing will be held in the James E. Webb Auditorium at NASA Headquarters at 300 E St. SW in Washington. It will be broadcast live on NASA Television and streamed on the agency's website. The participants...

Particle Physics Mission Celebrates One Year In Space
2012-07-25 13:54:01

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Physicists around the world are celebrating the one year anniversary of the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS). The final crew aboard space shuttle Endeavour brought AMS to the International Space Station (ISS) during the STS-134 mission last year. Since being installed on the orbiting lab, the particle physics experiment module has collected about 17 billion cosmic ray events. "The AMS detector has so far achieved everything we...

2011-11-28 17:26:00

New research adds doubt that a prominent European astrophysics experiment may have found evidence of dark matter. In an interview, Stanford´s Stefan Funk and Justin Vandenbroucke talk about their findings, as well as how they tricked a telescope into searching for particles it wasn´t designed to detect. Like jazz musicians who make up a melody as they go along, scientists often improvise even after an experiment is underway. One recent example of this comes from the Fermi...

2011-05-23 02:05:00

AMSTERDAM, May 23, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Four days after the Endeavour launch the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS-02) has been successfully installed on the International Space Station (ISS). The 6700 kg 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 and dark...

2011-05-19 09:05:00

After successfully docking with the International Space Station, the Endeavour and station crews wasted no time getting down to business installing a $2 billion cosmic ray detector with the goal of scanning the invisible universe for years to come. Mission Specialists Andrew Feustel and Roberto Vittori used the space shuttle's robotic arm to extract the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer-2 (AMS) from Endeavour's payload bay and placed it onto the framework on the starboard side of the station....

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