29 May '11, 6pm

Dark Matter, Spiders and Worms: Weird Science on Shuttle Endeavour's Final Flight: NASA's space shuttle Endeavou...

NASA's space shuttle Endeavour is nearing the end of its final space voyage to the International Space Station, but not before delivering some high-tech and oddball science experiments to the outpost — among them, two spiders, a swarm of fruit flies and countless tiny roundworms. These animal astronauts aren't pests or stoways; they're participants in the many scientific experiments Endeavour's final flight is making possible. Some of these projects are taking place aboard the shuttle, while others are longer-term efforts that astronauts will perform on the station. The most ambitious of these projects is a huge astrophysics experiment called the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer . Getting the $2 billion AMS aloft and installed on the orbiting lab was the chief purpose of Endeavour's mission. Astronauts succeeded in the task on May 19, when they attached the bus-size, 7-ton AMS ...

Full article: http://sg.news.yahoo.com/dark-matter-spiders-worms-weird-...

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