Press Release

NASA Johnson Space Center Invites Media to Screening of Documentary on Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer

By SpaceRef Editor
October 13, 2017
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Media are invited to attend the screening of “AMS: The Fight for Flight,” a NASA documentary about the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS) and its principal investigator, Nobel laureate Samuel Ting.

The one-hour historical documentary, to be shown at 6 p.m. Oct. 17 at Space Center Houston, showcases the capabilities of the International Space Station as a science platform. It follows the development of the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer, a science instrument studying the fundamental nature of the universe, through Ting’s efforts. The story focuses on the dedication of Ting, former NASA officials and Congress to fly it to the station on the next to last space shuttle mission.

The audience will include Johnson Space Center employees and special invited guests. Media planning to attend must contact the Johnson Space Center newsroom at 281-483-5111 no later than 5 p.m. Oct. 16.

International Space Station Program Manager Kirk Shireman will welcome attendees and Ting will provide a short presentation. Media will be able to conduct individual interviews after the event.

Originally proposed in 1994 by Ting, an MIT professor of Physics, the AMS was built by over 600 physicists and engineers all over the world. One of the most complex physics experiments ever launched into space, the AMS searches for evidence of dark matter and antimatter in the universe. It’s history spans 23 years from the drawing table to its final home on the space station.

SpaceRef staff editor.