STS-134 - Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS) arrived at KSC Print
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Friday, 27 August 2010 17:17

The Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS) arrived at the NASAís Kennedy Space Center, Fla., on Aug. 26. The state-of-the-art device to further our understanding of the universe will launch to the International Space Station next year during space shuttle Endeavourís STS-134 mission, the last scheduled space shuttle flight.


It arrived aboard an Air Force C-5M aircraft at the Shuttle Landing Facility and was offloaded for transport to Kennedyís Space Station Processing Facility where it will be prepared for flight.


Among the people on-hand for the arrival were Joe Delai, Kennedyís STS-134 payload manager; Samuel Ting, of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, who is AMS' principal investigator and a Nobel Prize-winning physicist; Mark Sistilli, NASA's AMS program manager; and the six astronauts of the STS-134 mission, including Commander Mark Kelly.


AMS, which is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, is a particle physics detector constructed, tested and operated by an international team representing 16 countries. Endeavourís STS-134 mission is targeted to launch Feb. 26, 2011.


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