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AMS instrument in the payload bay of the shuttle



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AMS instrument in the payload bay of the shuttle
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Once at the International Space Station (ISS), the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS) will be removed from the shuttle payload bay using the shuttle’s robotic arm, transferred to the ISS robotic arm, and then docked to the space station. Measurements of cosmic radiation will begin shortly after installation. A German research team in the United States will then operate and monitor the instrument around the clock, seven days a week, in three shifts.
Credit: Michele Famiglietti/AMS Collaboration
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