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Shuttle brings big-bucks magnet to space station

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posted on May, 19 2011 @ 12:20 AM
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I did a quick title search in the search engine and did not find anything. I find it hard to believe that it has not been posted, so here goes a feeble attempt to lend a good read to fellow ATS brothers and sisters( and anyone in between
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Shuttle brings big-bucks magnet to space station

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – A mammoth cosmic ray detector arrived at the International Space Station on Wednesday, a $2 billion experiment that will search the invisible universe and help explain how everything came to be.

It's the most expensive cargo ever carried by a space shuttle and almost didn't make it to orbit before the fleet retires this summer. Endeavour, making the second-to-last flight, docked at the space station after doing a slow backflip so cameras could capture any signs of launch damage. NASA said it was taking a closer look at some gouges and nicks on the shuttle's belly but there was no cause for concern.

Two astronaut teams were assigned to attach the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer to the outside of the space station on Thursday, using a pair of robot arms, where it will stay for the life of the outpost.

The scientists on Endeavour's crew said it will justify the scientific purpose of space station.

Read the full article here.
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I think the link works.



Here is the cargo that the shuttle brought(took...whatever grammar police) with it.


Two astronaut teams were assigned to attach the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer to the outside of the space station on Thursday, using a pair of robot arms, where it will stay for the life of the outpost.

The scientists on Endeavour's crew said it will justify the scientific purpose of space station..





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Technician examines Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer

** CORRECTS DATE OF EVENT TO MAY 18, 2011 ** In this undated picture made available by NASA, a technician examines the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer at KennedySpace Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla. The mammoth cosmic ray detector arrived at the International Space Station on Wednesday, May 18, 2011, a $2 billion experiment that will search the invisible universe and help explain how everything came to be.
//news.yahoo.com/nphoto s/-CORRECTS-DATE-EVENT-MAY-18-2011--undated-image/photo//110518/480/urn_publicid_ap_org6731d8b0434a4a438ea418c5cf4c54a5//s:/ap/20110519/ap_on_sc/us_sp ace_shuttle#photoViewer=/110518/480/urn_publicid_ap_org7c42651a9d2d437585af69b854d1bd86


I am sad to see the old bird go. I will miss the shuttle. I give a big hats off thank you to the brave astronauts that make it happen. And the cronies at Houston.




posted on May, 19 2011 @ 12:25 AM
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All i got to say is, What a waste of money..



posted on May, 19 2011 @ 12:30 AM
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Originally posted by pavelivanov22
All i got to say is, What a waste of money..


It is expensive, but at least we have something to show for the money. Think of all of the other waste that has nothing to show for it.

What else should we do with the money? Give it to the banks? ( I know I will hear it from the "humanity" folks....sorry)



posted on May, 19 2011 @ 12:33 AM
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The article said...
The scientists on Endeavour's crew said it will justify the scientific purpose of space station..
...but it wasnt obvious to me why it needed to be at the ISS. Plently of other science satellites operate perfecly well in orbit by themselves. Indeed the extra vibrations, limitations in orientation and other reasons are usually good excuses to NOT put a science instrument at a space station.

So, after a bit of reading later, I find...
The power requirements for AMS-02 were thought to be
too great for a practical independent spacecraft.
So AMS-02 was designed to be installed as an external
module on the International Space Station and use power
from the ISS.


So thats the "scientific purpose" of the ISS. To be a big set of solar panels.



posted on May, 19 2011 @ 12:35 AM
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Good catch.

I guess I kind of read over that a little.

That thing must burn some juice.
Two billion dollars is also puzzling



posted on May, 19 2011 @ 12:46 AM
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Here is more information from our friends at Nasa.


The initial wake up call to the crew of space shuttle Endeavour was at 10:56 p.m. EDT, and the day's wake up song was uplinked about 30 minutes later because of a communications drop out. The song “Luna” by Jose Serrano was played for Mission Specialist Greg Chamitoff. The artist is a friend of his and wrote the song especially for this mission.

The fourth day of the mission will focus on the installation of the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer-2 (AMS), a particle physics detector. The AMS is a 2-ton ring of powerful magnets and ultrasensitive detectors built to track, but not capture, cosmic rays in a search for various types of unusual matter. The 15,251-pound instrument will be connected to the outside of the International Space Station, tilted a bit so it will not interfere with any of the station's mechanisms and storage platforms. It will be operated remotely from Earth and should not require any attention from astronauts in orbit.

The mobile transporter is in position. The crew will extract AMS using the space shuttle robotic arm at 1:56 a.m. Shortly thereafter, the station crew will wake, and at 3:01 a.m., the shuttle robotic arm will transfer AMS to the station's robotic arm. At 3:41 a.m., the crew will manipulate the station arm to install AMS onto the starboard side of the station's truss structure on the zenith side.

Later this morning, the crew will participate in interviews.

Toward the end of the flight day, the crew will review procedures for the mission's first spacewalk, and spacewalkers Drew Feustel and Greg Chamitoff will begin their camp out at a reduced air pressure, a procedure that helps purge nitrogen from their bloodstreams and prevents the “bends” when they exit the airlock..

www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/shuttle/main/index.html



posted on May, 19 2011 @ 12:55 AM
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I believe this is the wake up call. It was just uploaded to Youtube.

www.youtube.com...



posted on May, 19 2011 @ 12:56 AM
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thank you OP i had missed this info

i really do enjoy reading about detectors and the invisable universe around us
i wounder if this instrment will find things that rewrite text books
or at least expand our understanding of our environment

star and flag op
thank you


xploder



posted on May, 19 2011 @ 01:01 AM
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Thank you for taking the time to have a look.

I really enjoy the wonders of the universe.



posted on May, 19 2011 @ 01:12 AM
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Originally posted by liejunkie01

Originally posted by pavelivanov22
All i got to say is, What a waste of money..


It is expensive, but at least we have something to show for the money. Think of all of the other waste that has nothing to show for it.

What else should we do with the money? Give it to the banks? ( I know I will hear it from the "humanity" folks....sorry)


people on this planet are starving and can use that money, what good will it do if we find another planet with life? there prob starving to so we cant feed them if we cant even help out our own planet



posted on May, 19 2011 @ 01:27 AM
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Originally posted by pavelivanov22

Originally posted by liejunkie01

Originally posted by pavelivanov22
All i got to say is, What a waste of money..


It is expensive, but at least we have something to show for the money. Think of all of the other waste that has nothing to show for it.

What else should we do with the money? Give it to the banks? ( I know I will hear it from the "humanity" folks....sorry)


people on this planet are starving and can use that money, what good will it do if we find another planet with life? there prob starving to so we cant feed them if we cant even help out our own planet


While I believe that it is a shame that there are starving people out there. We could spend every dollar we have and there would still be starving people.


The Obama Administration just announced its budget proposal for the 2012 fiscal year: The total budget is $3.73 trillion, and $18.7 billion of that will go to funding NASA. But how much are you, personally, contributing to space exploration?

We did the math, and it turns out that a little more than half a penny of every federal tax dollar ends up at NASA. That means that a family with the median household income ($49,777 according to the U.S. Census Bureau), which pays $6,629 of federal taxes, pays the space agency ...

$33.

www.space.com/10849-nasa-budget-contribute.html



I was taking the time to look up the US foreign aid budget, but I have to go change the laundry....And smoke.




posted on May, 19 2011 @ 03:56 AM
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Some damage has been found on Endeavours TPS. Check this video from 11:59



posted on May, 19 2011 @ 06:27 AM
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Its not looking for planets. Its a detector tested at the LHC and operates like the other detectors to try and discover what creates mass long story short, in essence, what we are made out of.

Fascinating, the prototype AMS-1 actually went to space on the Shuttle in June of 1998.



...the decision has been made by AMS management to exchange the original AMS-02 superconducting magnet for the non-superconducting magnet previously flown on AMS-01. Although the non-superconducting magnet has a weaker field strength, its on-orbit operational time at ISS is expected to be 10 to 18 years versus only 3 years for the superconducting version. This additional data gathering time has been deemed more important than higher experiment sensitivity, despite the fact that the abandoned cryogenic system was originally described as critical technology to mission success.


If it didn't go to space it would still be used at a particle collider.



posted on May, 19 2011 @ 03:37 PM
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Originally posted by alfa1
So thats the "scientific purpose" of the ISS. To be a big set of solar panels.

That's pretty much the most important unique aspect of having ISS instead of a series of individual satellites with the same experiments, but you can do a number of exciting things with a big set of solar panels. Hopefully those same solar panels will provide the energy for the world's first test of a VASIMR engine in space.
www.flightglobal.com...



posted on May, 20 2011 @ 11:07 PM
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This thread of yours deserves more attention than it is getting.

Given this is a Conspiracy Site, here is my two cents worth.

I do not think this is a benign research-type magnet.

I believe that this is being installed in space so that HAARP/EISCAT Waves can be beamed off it for various purposes: Weather Warfare, Scalar Weaponry, Earthquake Creation (targeting locations), "Soft Kill" to depopulate, etc, etc, etc. It takes a pretty high tech magnet to do all that, and this one fits the bill. Oh, and did I mention Project Blue Beam? Perhaps this will allow for holographic images to be created in 3-D so that an alien invasion or the Rapture can be faked. (And isn't the end of the world tomorrow, by the way?)

For those of you who don't know a thing about Project Blue Beam, go to this link for info'.

thetruthabout1111awakeningcode.blogspot.com...

How come no-one has brought that possibility up here? Why do people keep believing what they are told?



posted on May, 21 2011 @ 08:16 AM
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Because the magnet is a detector and not a transmitter, completely different technology than the fictitious Project Bluebeam and supposed power of HAARP, of which the impulses cannot be directed anywhere but straight up!



posted on May, 21 2011 @ 10:48 AM
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fyi according to sts-134 mission overview, ams-2 takes 2 Kw of power so i am assuming that is 2Kw/hr. it has 600 microprocessors.
i am unsure as to a possible 'dark' useage of this system. my thoughts are with it not only looking outwards but also to detect exotic particles as the station passes through the south atlantic anomaly. it could possibly identify all the exotic particles within that region and confirm that these sought-after particles are layered and abundant. if this is then confirmed, it may be that capture and storage systems could be used to transport the bounty back to earth. a far more efficient way than costly production within the constraint of gravity.
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posted on May, 21 2011 @ 07:11 PM
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I am the suspicious and paranoid type. Couldn't this magnet thing be used in conjunction with EM wave technology, thereby making various Project Blue Beam-type scenarios possible?

I found some information relating to this launch, and PBB, here:

Since this is kind of a Conspiracy site here at ATS I hope my input isn't too way out there for you all.

thetruthabout1111awakeningcode.blogspot.com...



posted on May, 21 2011 @ 10:09 PM
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This thread of yours deserves more attention than it is getting.


I agree.
I was hoping for a good discussion on this topic.




Given this is a Conspiracy Site, here is my two cents worth.


Thank you for taking the time to share your input.



posted on May, 21 2011 @ 11:08 PM
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Hey, did you hear that China helped build this "payload"? And some Chinese journalists were supposed to cover the launch, and at the last minute they were banned? China is quite upset. Here is link to article I found on it.

news.sciencemag.org...

I am amazed this has not gotten more attention. The fact is, this "payload" could make a Project Blue Beam type scenario possible - seriously. I have talked to defense contractors and engineering people and scientists about this. It really could make EM Technology work in a PBB type scenario, holographic projections and all. Or at the very least, better ability to target locations for Scalar Weaponry based warfare...Here is a link to that sort of idea:

thetruthabout1111awakeningcode.blogspot.com...



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