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Published on Jan 4, 2011
The Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS) is a scientific instrument that will be attached to the International Space Station (ISS). It will search for dark matter, and hunt for antimatter. If successful, it will discover the invisible scaffolding of the Universe because dark matter is thought to represent 90% of the cosmic complement of matter. ESA is supporting this instrument, designed by Nobel laureate particle physicist Samuel Ting team with the participation of Institutes from 16 countries. AMS was mostly made in Europe, assembled at CERN and tested at ESTEC. It is planned to be sent to the ISS onboard the Space Shuttle early next year.