The Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS), an experiment that will search for antimatter and dark matter in space, will be flown August 26 aboard a giant U.S. Airforce Galaxy jet from Geneva International Airport to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The AMS experiment is scheduled to be transported on the last space shuttle flight in February 2011to the International Space Station It will be the largest scientific instrument on the Space Station and the largest physics experiment in space.
AMS will help us to understand the origin and structure of the Universe by searching for signs of antimatter and dark matter. As a byproduct, AMS will also gather a host of information on stars and galaxies millions of light years from our home Galaxy. The program is complementary to that of the Large Hadron Collider.
The photos in this set show a US Air Force Galaxy transport aircraft being prepared for the AMS, and a press conference with scientists at Geneva Airport on August 25, 2010.
U.S. Mission: Photo by Eric Bridiers