The Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS)

Today I interviewed Stephan Schael, Professor for Experimental Physics at RWTH Aachen University and German project lead for the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS) experiment on the International Space Station (ISS). The main scientific target of AMS-02 is to find evidence for the presence of dark matter and antimatter and it is the first astrophysics experiment on the ISS.

The interview focused on the fundamental questions regarding origin and function of our universe AMS seeks to answer, but it also deals with international cooperation in Space Science, the operational aspects of and technology behind a Space experiment as large as this one and – of course – education and outreach.

Now I have to analyse two and a half hours of audio material, plenty of notes and some dozens of photos within approximately one week from now, as the article is already due for production. It will be published in DLR Magazine (No. 132) in both english and german language by end of November 2011 (and on the DLR Portal).

In case I aroused your interested in this fascinating project, take a look at these two videos. The first one btw features a track by the icelandic band Múm and is produced by Widlab, an imaging studio from Bologna, Italy. Check their website, these guys produced some more great stuff on AMS and other science projects. Science communication needs good music, too. So, well done, Widlab!

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