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The space odyssey of MIT’s Samuel Ting

Samuel Ting.

Ben Cooper

Samuel Ting.

In an April 2011 cover story, Charles P. Pierce profiled Samuel Ting, an MIT physicist on a 16-year, $1.5 billion quest to put a cosmic-ray detector on the International Space Station, where he hoped it would provide clues about the origins of the universe. The device was launched in May 2011, and earlier this April, Ting announced it had found evidence of “new physical phenomena” that could be mysterious dark matter, which some believe makes up more than 80 percent of the matter of our universe. There is still work to do, but the data were celebrated as a giant leap toward solving what one scientist called “one of the most exciting mysteries in astrophysics and particle physics.” Read the original Globe Magazine story, “Samuel Ting’s Space Odyssey,” at

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