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HOW LONG – THE STORY OF AMS-02

July 31st, 2011

In this video 16 years of preparation of AMS-02 becomes a few blinks. The construction of AMS-02 is the result of a worldwide effort undertaken by scientists from 16 different countries who have now started analyzing the wealth of data downlinked from the ISS, looking for new, unexpected phenomena.

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THE NEW CERN POCC

July 30th, 2011

Since Monday June 27th 5:00 am GMT, AMS02 is controlled from the newly built POCC (Payload Operation Control Center) at CERN (Prevessin Side). 24/7 shifts are organized to monitor AMS-02 operation and the continuous flow of data to ground. The transition started on Wenesday June 22nd, and took place smoothly, initially with two shifts overlapping between JSC and CERN. The average experiment downlink rate is about 10 Mbps, with peaks at higher rate to cope with the periods when the

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HAPPILY COLLECTING DATA FROM THE CERN POCC

June 25th, 2011

Three hours after AMS-02 was installed on the International Space Station on May 19th, it got used to its new life in Space and started detecting particles smoothly and continuously: at a rate of about 50 millions of cosmic rays/day it has already captured more than one billion events! While the spectrometer was happily collecting particles in space, the AMS-02 team managed to transfer the Payload Operation Control Center (POCC) from JSC – Houston to a new building at CERN

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AMS-02 FIRST EVENTS!

May 31st, 2011

Here are two events collected on May 19th 2011, the first moments of AMS on the ISS after its activation. The first event is a 20 GeV electron while the second is a 42 GeV Carbon nucleus. The detectors started operating smoothly and nominally since the beginnng of its life on ISS. We are since collecting data at a 9 Mbps average downlink rate, accumulating millions of Cosmic Ray events.   During the second half of June, the AMS-02 team

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