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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 will

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AT HOME, AT LAST

May 19th, 2011

Since today, May 19th, at 5:46 a.m. EDT, AMS-02 is safely on the ISS. Four days after the Endeavour launch, that took place on Monday May 16th at 8:56 a.m. EDT, the experiment has been installed on the ISS through a tricky operation and then activated. AMS-02 was first activated on FD1 (Flight Day One) a few hours after the launch, when data transmission was verified and the first temperature measures were taken, confirming the expected temperature at various location

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MAY 16th: THE LAUNCH

May 15th, 2011

Tomorrow at 8:56 a.m. EDT shuttle Endeavour will be finally launched to the ISS. AMS-02 team is really excited and concentrated at the same time: at JSC people are ready at the POCC (Payload Operation Control Center), hosted inside the BFCR (Blue Flight Control Room) at the MCC-H (Mission Control Center – Houston), from where they will control AMS-02 first operations. Three hours after the launch AMS-02 thermal control system will indeed be activated and data transmission checked; power will

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