WELCOME TO THE “EDOARDO AMALDI” ATV-3

April 2nd, 2012

Almost a year since its installation on the ISS, AMS-02 is smoothly collecting Cosmic Rays with energies ranging from 100’s of MeV to several TeV: event number 14,000,000,000 (14 billions) was recorded on March 19th.

Data, which exceeded already 100 Terabyte of storage, through the Science Operation Centre reaches the various Regional Sites from where the AMS-02 Collaboration can perform calibrations and analysis.

Every detail, including thermal conditions and ISS related operations which can affect AMS, is monitored from the POCC at CERN.

On Wednesday March 28th the ESA unmanned ATV-3 “Edoardo Amaldi” docked at 22:34 GMT. Its goals include readjusting the ISS orbit. Two such maneuvers were carried out at 18:10 and 22:46 on March 29th, without affecting the spectrometer data taking.

This ATV-3 docking is an opportunity to recall everybody that in a month and half AMS-02 will have its first anniversary in space!