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A New Addition to the International Space Station

The AMS can detect and sort hundreds of billions of high-energy particles whizzing through space

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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.

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