The PAMELA satellite experiment was launched into low earth orbit on June 15th 2006. The combination of a permanent magnet silicon strip spectrometer and a silicon-tungsten imaging calorimeter allows precision studies of the charged cosmic radiation to be conducted over a wide energy range (100 MeV - several hundred GeV). A primary scientific goal is to search for dark matter particle annihilation by measuring the energy spectra of cosmic ray antiparticles. Latest results from the PAMELA experiment are presented with a particular focus on cosmic ray antiprotons and positrons.
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We would like to acknowledge contributions and support from: Italian Space Agency (ASI), Deutsches Zentrum für Luft– und Raumfahrt (DLR), The Swedish National Space Board, Swedish Research Council, Russian Space Agency (Roskosmos, RKA). R. S. wishes to thank the TRIL program of the International Center of Theoretical Physics, Trieste, Italy that partly sponsored his activity.