The high-profile Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer particle physics experiment to be mounted on the International Space Station will be outfitted with a magnet flown in 1998 on the STS-91 prototype AMS. Though less powerful than the liquid helium-cooled superconducting magnet built for AMS-02, the originally flown magnet should allow the particle detector to operate in space for 10 to 18 years, rather than the three-year design life for the cryogenic system. The extended operating time is ...

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