Press Release

Media Invited to View Space Station Cargo for Next Shuttle Mission

By SpaceRef Editor
February 28, 2011
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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — NASA will host a media event at 1 p.m. EST on Thursday, March 10, at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida to discuss the cargo of the next space shuttle flight.

The Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS) is a sophisticated science instrument designed to increase our understanding of the universe. It will be installed and operated on the International Space Station. Space shuttle Endeavour will deliver AMS during its final mission, STS-134, targeted for April 19.

During the media event, reporters at Kennedy’s Space Station Processing Facility will have the opportunity to speak with managers and team members involved in processing the AMS and other cargo for the flight. News media representatives planning to attend must arrive at Kennedy’s news center by noon for transportation to the event. For safety reasons, participants must be dressed in full-length pants, flat shoes that entirely cover the feet and shirts with sleeves.

Reporters without permanent Kennedy credentials should submit their requests online at: https://media.ksc.nasa.gov

International journalists must apply for credentials by 4:30 p.m., Thursday, March 3; U.S. reporters must apply by noon on March 9.

The AMS, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, is a particle physics detector constructed, tested and operated by an international team representing 16 countries.

AMS will use the unique environment of space to gain a better understanding of our universe’s origin by searching for antimatter, dark matter and strange matter. The device also will measure cosmic rays. The AMS will remain active for the duration of the station’s operating life.

Endeavour also will deliver the Express Logistics Carrier 3, a platform that carries spare parts for sustaining station operations after the shuttles are retired.

For more information about the STS-134 mission, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/shuttle/shuttlemissions/sts134

SpaceRef staff editor.