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How long? 16 Years Long!

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It is almost unbelievable: it took 16 years to built the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS-02) experiment. This partially time-lapse vid above shows us the whole outstanding work progress in less than three and a half minutes.

The antimatter hunter AMS-02 on the International Space Station is searching for the missing pieces of our Universe. The project’s first results published today are hinting at a new phenomenon and revealing more about the invisible ‘dark matter’. AMS-02, the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer, consists of seven instruments that monitor cosmic rays from space. Unprotected by Earth’s atmosphere the instruments receive a constant barrage of high-energy particles. As these particles pass through AMS-02, the instruments record their speed, energy and direction. The project is one of the largest scientific collaborations of all time involving 56 institutes from 16 countries. The instrument was tested at ESA’s technical facility ESTEC in the Netherlands before being shipped to the US for launch on Space Shuttle Endeavour. As part of his DAMA mission, ESA astronaut Roberto Vittori controlled the Shuttle’s robotic arm that transferred the 6918 kg instrument to the International Space Station in 2011. Read more about the AMS-02 and the new findings (antimatter or what!!) here.

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