Comments for en-gb 30 Fri 19 Sep 2014 14:29:29 GMT+1 A feed of user comments from the page found at mhall59 #10. I understand that there was a 'heat leak', not a leak of cryogenic helium. A physical leak can be fixed easily, but the heat leak would presumably have needed a redesign.Flying with the heat leak would have increased the consumption of helium, and so reduced the lifetime of the experiment. With the shuttle fleet retiring, they really didn't have any choice but to go with a permanent magnet.All this from a bit of googling - I'm not in the space industry. Sat 11 Sep 2010 12:38:15 GMT+1 Bob Ezergailis It is very unfortunate that the superconducting magnet has been eliminated from the project, as it would likely have provided more revealing results. The AMS is now a big gamble that has significantly damaged its own odds by downgrading its technology. Then again a method for topping up the refrigerant might have been devised to extend the life of the magnet rather than eliminating it. It seems a waste of opportunity to spend 1.5bn on a very important cosmological experiment, that could reveal a great deal more than is currently agreed to as being known about the universe, its origins and its destiny, and elminate what could prove to be a very important component. Tue 31 Aug 2010 16:45:20 GMT+1 Paul Michael Jones This post has been Removed Mon 30 Aug 2010 18:41:59 GMT+1 Ken Appleby #10. Can you back up that allegation with evidence? Sun 29 Aug 2010 22:11:12 GMT+1 Nomadd The article left out the small fact that the reason the supercooled magnet had such a limited lifespan was the fact that it had a helium leak they couldn't fix in time. If it hadn't been defective it would have flown. Sat 28 Aug 2010 22:39:28 GMT+1 druid2002 A very detailed and in-depth article - keep it up!Maybe split the BBc into 2 sections for HYS to keep the ludditges happy. Sat 28 Aug 2010 21:28:52 GMT+1 DrLoser I really don't see $1.5 billion as a huge amount of money. You can transfer pro-rata to hospital beds, malaria prevention, funding Obama's re-election in 2012 or whatever, but none of that is realistic, because that's not where the money would go. You could even compare it to the money that Philip Green's family made out of acquiring BHS.My personal belief is that, once we give up on pure science, we're doomed as a species. I'm glad to see that the UK AMS will live on. I'm just as glad to see that the Chinese AMS will get out there. It's definitionally impossible to predict what it will find, and it's possible that it will find nothing of any financial consequence whatsoever. But we wouldn't know if we didn't try it. Sat 28 Aug 2010 15:40:26 GMT+1 Vidyardhi Nanduri Sub:Science To progress Necessity- Demand-Curiosity-Sustain the Spirit of Science advancement needs to evolve and catcch-up with Cosmology Definition. Cosmology Vedas Interlinks-help in time Space Scientists must go with open-mind approachVidyardhi Nanduri Sat 28 Aug 2010 10:12:41 GMT+1 Jonathan Amos Hey chaps, if AMS finds evidence for an anti-Universe, if would be a "swap in". Fri 27 Aug 2010 16:47:48 GMT+1 TheGrassAintGreener Advancement sure does cost a wad. Only hope it all goes well after this, but would be very exciting to see what results we get. Might even be able to find God up there! Fri 27 Aug 2010 15:57:00 GMT+1 Gary About the width of the Atlantic John. Fri 27 Aug 2010 09:28:11 GMT+1 qpw "What's the difference between a swap-out and a swap?"None. Once they've got it swapped up the result's the same. Fri 27 Aug 2010 09:21:20 GMT+1 John Bradford What's the difference between a swap-out and a swap? Fri 27 Aug 2010 06:39:11 GMT+1 Ken Appleby I was asked to fill in a survey when opening this blog page. Doing so made me realise how much I value it. Great article! Please keep them coming.The AMS was unknown to me before reading this article. Thanks for the links. Interesting that it works in about the same particle energy range ("multi TeV") as the LHC, though of course without the collisions and big detectors.In the distant past I worked a little on cosmic ray physics experiment trying to determine the nature of the ultra-high energy particles from the big splash they make when they hit the atmosphere. Having a big sensitive detector above the atmosphere to directly measure the primary particles over long periods of time, albeit those of relatively modest energy, is very exciting. My guess is that the probability of significant physics coming out of this project is high. Fri 27 Aug 2010 06:33:56 GMT+1