Searching cosmic rays for the secrets of the universe
A titan has just been installed on the International Space Station. Weighing in at seven tonnes, the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS-02) took 16 years to build and is the most complex space physics experiment ever built. Launched last week as the final payload of Nasa’s retiring space shuttle Endeavour, AMS-02 was successfully bolted on to the ISS on Thursday.
It is a huge scientific collaboration involving 600 physicists from around the world. Led by Nobel prize winner Prof Samuel Ting, it has the world of physics in a state of fevered excitement (we leave it to you to imagine a fevered physicist).