- July 19, 2022
$1.5 billion Dark Matter Detector AMS is on ISS – Not Underground
Dark Matter Experiment Has Detected Nothing, Researchers Say Proudly, NY Times
“LUX is the latest in a long series of ever-larger experiments that have occupied and taunted the world’s physicists over the last few years. They are all in abandoned mines or other underground places to shield them from cosmic rays, which could cause false alarms. … Larger instruments are already on the drawing boards of LUX and other collaborations, but physicists say the experiments are already sensitive enough to test some versions of dark matter that have been proposed, including the idea that dark particles interact with ordinary matter by exchanging the recently discovered Higgs boson. Dr. Weiner said he held his breath every time new results from a dark matter experiment were released.”
Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer – 02 (AMS-02) Fact Sheet
“The Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer – 02 (AMS-02) is a state-of-the-art particle physics detector constructed, tested and operated by an international team. The AMS-02 uses the unique environment of space to advance knowledge of the universe and lead to the understanding of the universe’s origin by searching for antimatter, dark matter and measuring cosmic rays.”
Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer, WIkipedia
“In 1999, after the successful flight of AMS-01, the total cost of the AMS program was estimated to be $33 million, with AMS-02 planned for flight to the ISS in 2003. After the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster in 2003, and after a number of technical difficulties with the construction of AMS-02, the cost of the program ballooned to an estimated $1.5 billion.”
Keith’s note: $1.5 billion for a Dark Energy detector and … no one seems to talk about it when future dark matter detection instruments are discussed? AMS is not “underground” as the New York Times’ reporter claims all dark matter instruments are. AMS has been in the news with results – but mainstream media seems to not see it as being on a par with Earth-based dark matter gizmos. NASA PAO is not doing a very good job, so it would seem. Or maybe the New York Times is being lazy (it has happened before).
Today AMS reached 40,000,000,000 events recorded. All ops continue to be nominal.
— AMS-02 (@AMSISS) October 24, 2013