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Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS) - sub-atomic particle detector

Spacewalks For AMS – repair instrument

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Spacewalks For AMS – sub-atomic particle detector needs fixing. Happens Friday November 15. We will be streaming LIVE!

ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano will soon be taking part in several challenging spacewalks to repair the International Space Station’s largest scientific instrument.

The Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS) is a sub-atomic particle detector.  It looks for dark matter, antimatter and measures cosmic rays. Also high energy particles that travel through space at close to the speed of light.

The AMS took 16 countries nearly 20 years to develop. It was assembled at CERN.  Tested at ESA’s ESTEC facility in The Netherlands and installed on the Space Station in 2011. Since then it has collected over 145 billion cosmic ray events. This across a range of energy levels and has already provided the first insights into potential antimatter and dark matter.

The repair of the AMS’ cooling system will ensure that it can continue to provide more data and more groundbreaking science.

It is always fascinating to watch astronauts take a walk in space.  This is to help repair one of the key scientific instruments located outside the International Space Station.  They have been highly trained for their task and can perform intricate repairs to any instrument on the ISS.

The mission due to happen very soon.  Will you watch?  There is likely to be live coverage of the repair work so we will be able to see Luca do his job.


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