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Ready for Takeoff, Antimatter Experiment Takes Some Flak

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Science  29 May 1998:
Vol. 280, Issue 5368, pp. 1339
DOI: 10.1126/science.280.5368.1339

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Meher Antia The space shuttle Discovery is scheduled to blast into orbit next week in order to test a device called the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer, a $33 million experiment to search for particles of antimatter left over from the big bang. The detector will ultimately spend 3 years on the International Space Station. But many astrophysicists give the device almost no chance of finding its chief quarry.