A New Addition to the International Space Station
The AMS can detect and sort hundreds of billions of high-energy particles whizzing through space
- By Elizabeth Quill
- Smithsonian magazine, March 2013
Particle bender On its final cosmic journey before retirement in May 2011, the shuttle Endeavour delivered a precious payload to the International Space Station. The cargo was a $2 billion scientific instrument that had been in the works for more than 15 years: the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS), designed to detect and sort hundreds of billions of high-energy charged particles whizzing through space.