Results from Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer to Be Announced April 3

Results from Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer to Be Announced April 3

Sam Ting’s Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS) instrument was attached to the International Space Station (ISS) in 2011 and scientists have been eagerly awaiting results ever since.   Tomorrow, April 3, Ting and others will announce their findings to date at a NASA press conference.

AMS actually is not a NASA instrument.   It was primarily funded by a consortium of institutes in 16 countries brought together by Ting, a 1976 Nobel Prize winning physicist.  The U.S. portion of the project was funded through the Department of Energy (DOE).  NASA’s role was to get it into space and give it home as part of the ISS complex.

AMS is a particle physics instrument that is being used to search for antimatter in the universe, as well as study dark matter and other cosmological mysteries.

Joining Ting at the press conference at NASA Headquarters tomorrow at 1:30 pm ET will be NASA Associate Administrator for Human Exploration and Operations Bill Gerstenmaier, DOE’s program manager for AMS Michael Salamon, and NASA’s AMS program manager Mark Sistilli.  The briefing will be broadcast on NASA TV.

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