Space spectrometer arrives at ISS

A particle physics experiment designed to search for antimatter has arrived at the international space station on the Endeavour space shuttle, according to Cern.The Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS-02) arrived on Wednesday, and will be deployed on Thursday 19 May at 7:56 am CEST, according to a Twitter post by Cern.

A particle physics experiment designed to search for antimatter has arrived at the international space station on the Endeavour space shuttle, according to Cern.

The Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS-02) arrived on Wednesday, and will be deployed on Thursday 19 May at 7:56 am CEST, according to a Twitter post by Cern. The AMS-02 will be mounted on the international space station (ISS).

Cern director general Rolf Heuer told ZDNet UK on Tuesday that the experimental data will be combined with information gleaned from the Large Hadron Collider (LHC).

"You can have on the one side ground-based research, and on the other space-based research, and when you look with both [instruments] you can see a three-dimensional picture," said Heuer. "You can see the mountains and the valleys you need to explore."

The AMS-02 project is a collaboration between a number of scientists and institutions, including MIT, Cern, and Nasa. The large magnetic spectrometer is designed to stay at least ten years in space, said Heuer, and "will take some time" to start producing data.