The first results from the most costly experiment ever conducted in space have begun to unravel one of the universe's greatest mysteries.
The £1.32 billion Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS), attached to the outside of the International Space Station, is designed to shed light on the nature of dark matter.
Making up around 26% of the universe, this is the mysterious "stuff" that cannot be seen or detected directly but which binds the cosmos together.
Until now scientists have only been able to theorise the existence of dark matter. Its ghostly presence around galaxies exerts a gravitational effect that can be measured, but what it is made of is still a matter of speculation.
The AMS results announced by the American space agency Nasa show it has made detections consistent with dark matter colliding with itself and 'annihilating' - the so-called "smoking gun" of dark matter. . . .
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