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Is Anybody Out There, Among the Stars?

Among the Stars, a six-part docu-series that premieres Oct. 6 on Disney+, is a classic hero’s journey. Filmed over two years, just before COVID, the arc of the story follows the astronauts currently onboard the International Space Station—including NASA astronaut Captain Chris Cassidy as he completes his last mission—plus those on Earth supporting the missions.

But when we got a sneak peek at the episodes ahead of the transmission date, one person stood out: Nobel Prize-winning physicist Dr. Samuel Ting from MIT—in part because he’s searching for the origins of the universe.

Via his mega-experiment, the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS), a 7.5-ton module that sits atop the ISS, Dr. Ting has been “sifting space” since 2011, looking for evidence of dark matter. The AMS involves 44 institutions from America, Europe, and Asia, and is sponsored by the US Department of Energy and NASA. We spoke with Professor Ting recently to find out more.

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