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OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS FOR THE RECOVERY OF GABRIELLE “GABBY” GIFFORD

January 16th, 2011

On January 8th, 2011, Gabrielle Giffords, Arizona Representative and wife of STS-134 Commander Mark Kelly was severely wounded during a public appearance in Tucson, AZ. All members of the AMS Collaboration send their prayers and thoughts to Gabby wishing her full recovery and to Mark, our Commander, to overcome this extraordinarily difficult period.   Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (Courtesy of Giffords’ office).

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FD04 SIMULATION

December 16th, 2010

Tuesday, December 13th was devoted to the integrated simulation of STS-134 mission flight day number 4,  “Deploy and Install”. The crew practiced a lot of space works, from Shuttle docking phase to AMS installation on the ISS. In particular the astronauts performed the rehearsal of when AMS-02 will be extracted from the Endeavour’s bay through the shuttle arm, handed off to the ISS arm and finally berthed on ISS truss. The hand over process of AMS-02 will be followed by

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THE STS-134 CREW VISIT TO AMS-02

November 13th, 2010

Last Monday, November 8th, AMS-02 received the STS-134 astronauts visit. Commander Mark Kelly, Pilot Gregory H. Johnson and Mission Specialists Michael Fincke, Greg Chamitoff, Andrew Feustel and Roberto Vittori arrived at KSC early in the morning for the scheduled Crew Equipment Interface Test (CEIT), two days of hands-on training that the astronauts undergo a couple of months before the launch, checking out all the actual tools, hardware and equipment they will use in space. The astronauts spent the first day

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A VERY BUSY WEEK

November 10th, 2010

Last week was a very busy one for the AMS team at the Kennedy Space Center, where the main integration operations are now almost done. On Monday, AMS-02 underwent a 180° rotation that rolled it upside down. This was requested in order to reach some otherwise inaccessible areas of the experiment, for interventions which were performed on Tuesday. On Wednesday morning, after another 180° rotation, AMS-02 was  again “head up” and a very important component was installed: the grapple fixture

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