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2014


The Science of Magnetic Reconnection
The Science of Magnetic Reconnection
12.10.14 – In March 2015, NASA will launch a new mission to study magnetic reconnection. The Magnetospheric Multiscale, or MMS, mission will be the first ever mission dedicated to studying this universal process by orbiting Earth to pass directly through nearby magnetic reconnection regions and to observe the minute details of such events.
NASA Releases Narrated Animation of MMS Launch and Deploy
NASA Releases Narrated Animation of MMS Launch and Deploy
11.21.14 – In March of 2015, an unprecedented NASA mission will launch to study a process so mysterious that no one has ever directly measured it in action. Watch the video to get a sneak preview of how MMS will make this journey.
NASA's MMS Spacecraft Begin Pre-Launch Activities in Florida
NASA's MMS Spacecraft Begin Pre-Launch Activities in Florida
11.18.14 – The last two of four MMS spacecraft arrived at NASA's pre-launch processing facility, Astrotech in Florida, on Nov. 12, 2014 to begin preparations for launch.
First Two MMS Observatories Shipped to Florida
First Two MMS Observatories Shipped to Florida
11.04.14 – The first two MMS Observatories have traveled from NASA's Goddard Space Flight Facility to a pre-launch processing facility in Florida.
Preview MMS Spacecraft Before They Ship for Launch
Preview MMS Spacecraft Before They Ship for Launch
09.22.14 – NASA is inviting social media users to apply for a maximum of 25 media NASA Social credentials for a one-day event on Friday, Oct. 17, 2014, at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland.

MMS Movie Trailer: For Scpacecraft, One Mission - Magnetic Reconnection
MMS Movie Trailer: Four Spacecraft, One Mission - Magnetic Reconnection
05.15.14 – Short movie trailer for MMS mission; 4 identical spacecraft that will orbit around Earth through the dynamic magnetic system surrounding our planet to study a little-understood phenomenon called magnetic reconnection.
MMS Narrated Orbit Viz: Unlocking The Secrets of Magnetic Reconnection
MMS Narrated Orbit Viz: Unlocking The Secrets of Magnetic Reconnection
05.14.14 – In a newly released video, you'll see that during the first phase of the mission, MMS will focus on reconnection sites on the sun-side of Earth, The second phase will focus on reconnection in Earth’s night-side magnetotail.
NASA Administrator Visits Goddard, Discusses MMS
NASA Administrator Visits Goddard, Discusses MMS
05.12.14 – NASA Administrator Charles Bolden visited Goddard on May 12 and discussed the Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) mission.
NASA's MMS Observatories Stacked for Testing
NASA's MMS Observatories Stacked For Testing
04.18.14 – Goddard technicians stack two, then all four of the MMS observatories in preparation for vibration testing. The tests help ensure the spacecraft can withstand the extreme vibration and dynamic loads they will experience inside the fairing of the Atlas V launch vehicle on launch day.
NASA Highlights Magnetospheric Multiscale Mission at Local Fair
NASA Highlights Magnetospheric Multiscale Mission at Local Fair
04.11.14 – NASA's MMS project manager and EPOs were on hand for a mini maker fair in Greenbelt, Md on April 5, 2014.
NASA Education Event Highlights Mission to Study Magnetic Reconnection
03.24.14 – NASA's MMS mission and science, were highlighted during a public event on March 16 at the Goddard Visitor Center.
NASA invites Children, Families to Learn about Magnetopheric Multiscale Mission
NASA Invites Children, Families to Learn about Magnetospheric Multiscale Mission
03.05.14 – NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center Visitor Center will host this month's Sunday Experiment on March 16 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. EDT.
NASA Embraces Challenge of Building 4 Spacecraft
NASA Embraces Challenge of Building 4 Spacecraft
02.25.14 – NASA Goddard is tasked with an unprecedented feat for the center: building four identical observatories simultaneously.

2013


New Digital Resources Teach Students About NASA's MMS Mission
New Digital Resources Teach Students About NASA's MMS Mission
11.20.13 – New iBook called iMAGiNETICspace is helping educators teach science and engineering concepts to middle school students in a fun, interactive way.
NASA's MMS Stacked for Shock Tests
NASA's MMS Stacked for Shock Tests
08.06.13 – NASA's Magnetospheric Multiscale, or MMS, mission is undergoing rigorous testing in preparation for a late 2014 launch. {Feature}
The Heart of Space Weather Observed in Action
The Heart of Space Weather Observed in Action
07.15.13 – Two NASA spacecraft have provided the most comprehensive movie ever of a mysterious process at the heart of all explosions on the sun: magnetic reconnection. {Feature}
NASA's MMS Achieves Major Mission Milestone
NASA's MMS Achieves Major Mission Milestone
06.14.13 – This fisheye image shows NASA's four Magnetospheric Multiscale, or MMS, observatories inside the cleanroom at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. {Feature}
NASA's MMS Team Assembles Final Observatory
NASA's MMS Team Assembles Final Observatory
05.30.13 – On May 20, 2013, the MMS mission team at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center reached an unprecedented milestone: completing the fourth of four observatory.
NASA Heliophysics Missions On Display at Aerospace@Annapolis
NASA Heliophysics Missions On Display at Aerospace@Annapolis
02.06.13 – NASA Goddard scientists headed to Annapolis on Feb. 1, 2013, for Aerospace@Annapolis, an annual overview of the aerospace industry held for the benefit of Maryland state lawmakers.
NASA's First Attempt At Building Four Spacecraft for One Mission
NASA's First Attempt At Building Four Spacecraft for One Mission
01.31.13 – An unprecedented mission is being built at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. The center is simultaneously building four identical spacecraft for the Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) mission scheduled to launch in late 2014.
Working on Four Spacecraft Simultaneously
Working on Four Spacecraft Simultaneously
01.24.13 – NASA's Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) mission clean room is buzzing with activity as engineers work on all four observatories at the same time. {Feature}
Cluster Finds Turbulent Eddies May Warm the Solar Wind
Cluster Finds Turbulent Eddies May Warm the Solar Wind
01.08.13 – A new study of data obtained by the European Space Agency's Cluster spacecraft may help explain why the flow of electrically charged particles and magnetic fields from the sun, the solar wind, is hotter than it should be. {Feature}

2012


Instrument Deck Installed on MMS Observatory #2
Instrument Deck Installed on MMS Observatory #2
12.13.12 – Installation of the instrument deck is complete on the second of four MMS observatories, which are being assembled at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. {Feature}
Dr. Earl Scime holds the large LEGO model of NASA's Magnetosperic Multiscale Mission spacecraft that his students built.
Students Build a MMS Spacecraft Model Using LEGOs®
09.11.12 – With a little help from LEGO® designers, students in West Virginia built a one-foot diameter model of a future NASA mission called the Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) spacecraft.
NASA Mission to Study Magnetic Explosions Passes Major Review
NASA Mission to Study Magnetic Explosions Passes Major Review
09.05.12 – On August 31, 2012, NASA's MMS mission proved it was ready for its next steps by passing a Systems Integration Review (SIR), which deems a mission ready to integrate instruments onto the spacecraft.
Hidden Portals in Earth's Magnetic Field
Hidden Portals in Earth’s Magnetic Field
07.02.12 – A NASA-funded researcher at the University of Iowa has figured out how to find X-points, places where the magnetic field of Earth connects to the magnetic field of the Sun. {Feature}
Instrument Integration Begins on MMS Spacecraft
Instrument Integration Begins on MMS Spacecraft
06.08.12 – Engineers working on NASA'S Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) mission have started integrating instruments on the first of four instrument decks in a… {Feature}
Goddard Collaborates on MMS Instrument
Goddard Collaborates on MMS Instrument
04.30.12 – During the last week of March, 2012, researchers from Goddard, Marshall, SWRI and Japan came together to test a key instrument for the Magnetospheric… {Feature}
Spacecraft Cleanroom Goes Green
Spacecraft Cleanroom Goes Green
01.13.12 – MMS mission requirements lead to construction of a new ‘Green’ cleanroom, where the four identical spacecraft will be assembled and integrated. {Feature}

2011


The MMS dual electron spectrometer being built in the Goddard clean room.
Goddard Building Instrument To Study Reconnection
04.29.11 – At NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, scientists and engineers are working on a crucial element of the the Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) mission to study magnetic reconnection: the Fast Plasma Instrument (FPI). {Feature}

2010


>Missions, Meetings, and the Magnetosphere Radial Tire Model
Missions, Meetings, and the Magnetosphere Radial Tire Model
10.01.10 – Read through a question-and-answer session with Magnetospheric MultiScale Project Scientist Tom Moore. {Feature}
NASA’s Magnetospheric Mission Passes Major Milestone
NASA’s Magnetospheric Mission Passes Major Milestone
09.03.10 – NASA’s Magnetospheric Multiscale mission passed its critical design review, which clears the way for spacecraft fabrication. {Feature}

2009


Honey, I Blew Up the Tokamak
Honey, I Blew Up the Tokamak
08.31.09 – Magnetic reconnection could be the Universe's favorite way to make things explode.
NASA’s Magnetospheric MultiScale Mission Takes a Step Closer to Solving the Mystery Behind Magnetic Reconnection
NASA’s Magnetospheric MultiScale Mission Takes a Step Closer to Solving the Mystery Behind Magnetic Reconnection
07.21.09 – NASA is designing a mission to investigate one of the most fundamental and explosive physical processes in the universe - magnetic reconnection. Known as the Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) mission, it was approved for implementation on June 18, 2009 following a successful Preliminary Design Review in May 2009. {Feature}

2008


NASA Goddard and University of Idaho Create Solutions for 2 NASA Missions
NASA Goddard and University of Idaho Create Solutions for 2 NASA Missions
12.19.08 – Pen-Shu Yeh is a senior engineer at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md. and a grant technical officer. She’s also the person that helped create unique solutions for data compression for future missions with a team from the University of Idaho (U-Idaho). Those solutions are now going to fly on two of NASA’s upcoming missions. {Feature}

2006


NASA - NASA Center Will Develop Magnetospheric Multiscale Spacecraft
NASA – NASA Center Will Develop Magnetospheric Multiscale Spacecraft
05.12.06 – NASA announced Monday Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md., will manage the design and development of four satellites for the Magnetospheric Multiscale mission.

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