5, 4, 3, 2, 1… lift-off!

The protracted efforts of 56 institutes across the world, including CERN, have finally come to fruition with the launch of the Space Shuttle Endeavour transporting the AMS Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer to the International Space Station (ISS). The launch was originally scheduled for 29 April but had to be pushed back to Monday 16 May for technical reasons. The data collected by AMS will be analysed in particular in the experiment's brand new control centre currently under construction at CERN (Building 946) and due for completion by June. Stay tuned to the CERN Bulletin for news of any discoveries.

A selection of images taken by Micheal Struik at Kennedy Space Centre on the day of the launch (click on the image to enlarge it):


Watch the CERN webcast of the Endeavour Shuttle launch and the CERN Video News.


Video by NASA Television's Channel

by Laëtitia Pedroso