ASI. AMS in orbit within 2010: the antimatter-hunting becomes reality
Rome, Italy - NASA makes official the flight of shuttle that will transport on ISS the instrument for this study
(WAPA) - The antimatter-hunting becomes reality. NASA has officially scheduled for September 16th, 2010, the mission Shuttle STS-134, that will transport on the International Space Station (ISS) the AMS (Anti-Matter Spectrometer), the European ambitious lab for the particle physics, carried out with an important contribute by Italy.
A mission prototype was put in orbit by Shuttle for 15 days in 1998. The original project involved Italy, France, Switzerland and USA, led by Samuel Ting (Nobel Prize) and Roberto Battiston (Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare) as national representative. Only during the Summer 2008 the go-ahead by US Congress for other three flights of the shuttle opened the road to the scheduling of the mission STS-134 that will have to put in orbit the real experiment AMS.
The goal of AMS is to find a solution to a fascinating enigma: to understand how in the Universe exists a great asymmetry between matter and antimatter. But to investigate the antimatter, that does not emit any radiations and so not observable with the regular instruments, is extremely complex and onerous. (Avionews)