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MMS Briefings and Events: Prelaunch News Conference, MMS Science Briefing, Atlas V Launch Vehicle Rollout, and NASA Television Coverage
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On March 12, 2015, NASA EDGE will join forces with the MMS mission team to air a live webcast of the MMS launch from Cape Canaveral, Florida! The webcast will begin airing at 9:15pm EDT (1:15am Next Day UTC). Prior to the schedule liftoff at 10:44pm EDT, we will introduce you to a nice variety of experts including MMS scientists, engineers and educators. Then just minutes before launch you will hear from a member of the Launch Services Program, Mic Woltman, as he discusses the status of the Atlas V rocket and mission! Then COUNTDOWN!

Throughout the entire webcast we will switch to live views of the Atlas V rocket as it patiently waits to take 4 identical MMS observatories to their new home in space. So if you're unable to attend the launch, don't worry. Sit back, relax and let NASA EDGE turn your location into the best seat in the house!

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2015


04.28.15 – The Fearsome Foursome: Technologies Enable Ambitious MMS Mission
It was unprecedented developing a mission that could fly four identically equipped spacecraft in a tight formation and take measurements 100 times faster than any previous space mission

04.22.15 – NASA Goddard Team Sets High Flying Record with Use of GPS
After years of hard work building a spacecraft, a mission team anxiously awaits after a launch - will the instruments they've crafted all work as well as planned?

03.16.15 – MMS: Five Years, Four Spacecraft, Thousands of Inspired Students
Space weather, such as coronal mass ejections, or CMEs, which are large outbursts on the sun, can affect Earth's magnetic field.

03.13.15 – NASA Spacecraft in Earth's Orbit, Preparing to Study Magnetic Reconnection
Following a successful launch at 10:44 p.m. EDT Thursday, NASA's four Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) spacecraft are positioned in Earth's orbit to begin the first space mission dedicated to the study of a phenomenon called magnetic reconnection.

03.13.15 – Key Tests At NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center Lab Ensure Magnetospheric Multiscale Mission Instrument Operations
As the Magnetospheric Multiscale mission begins operations, scientists and engineers at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center are watching closely as the satellites' 16 Dual Ion Spectrometer, or DIS, flight sensors turn on and start studying the magnetic fields that surround and protect Earth.

03.12.15 – Launch Begins MMS Mission in Spectacular Fashion
Four octagonal disc-shaped spacecraft are flying in a loose formation above Earth following a brilliant, thundering launch from Florida that lit up the Cape Canaveral region for miles late Thursday night.

03.11.15 – NASA Goddard Provides Superfast Sensors for New MMS Mission
Scheduled to lift off on March 12, 2015, NASA's new Magnetospheric Multiscale, or MMS, mission consists of four identical spacecraft that each carry 25 sensors with unprecedented observational speeds.

03.10.15 – NASA to Investigate Magnetic Explosions
Magnetic reconnection could be the Universe's favorite way to make things explode.

03.10.15 – MMS: Studying Magnetic Reconnection Near Earth
The Magnetospheric Multiscale, or MMS, mission is scheduled to launch into space on March 12, 2015.

02.25.15 – NASA Hosts a Pre-Launch Briefing for the Magnetospheric Multiscale Mission
After a decade of planning and engineering, NASA is in its last weeks of preparation to launch the Magnetospheric Multiscale, or MMS, mission.

02.19.15 – New NASA Movie on the MMS Mission
On March 12, 2015, NASA plans to launch the Magnetospheric Multiscale, or MMS, mission.

2014


12.10.14 – The Science of Magnetic Reconnection
Understanding vast systems in space requires understanding what's happening on widely different scales.

11.21.14 – NASA Releases Narrated Animation of MMS Launch and Deploy
In March of 2015, an unprecedented NASA mission will launch to study a process so mysterious that no one has ever directly measured in space.

11.18.14 – NASA's MMS Spacecraft Begin Pre-Launch Activities in Florida
NASA's second mini-stack of two Magnetospheric Multiscale, or MMS, observatories arrived Nov. 12, 2014, in Florida to begin launch preparations.

11.04.14 – First Two MMS Observatories Shipped to Florida
The MMS engineering team at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., begin bagging the first two Magnetospheric Multiscale, or MMS, observatories with protective wrapping in preparation for shipment to Astrotech Space Operations, NASA's pre-launch processing facility in Florida.

09.22.14 – Preview MMS Spacecraft Before They Ship for Launch
We are inviting social media users to apply for a maximum of 25 media NASA Social credentials to cover the Magnetospheric Multiscale, or MMS, mission media day event scheduled for Friday, Oct. 17, 2014, at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland.

05.15.14 – MMS Movie Trailer: Four Spacecraft, One Mission - Magnetic Reconnection
In 2015, NASA will launch the Magnetospheric Multiscale, or MMS, mission.

05.14.14 – MMS Narrated Orbit Viz: Unlocking The Secrets of Magnetic Reconnection
In March 2015, NASA will launch four identical spacecraft to study how magnetic fields around Earth connect and disconnect, explosively releasing energy – a process known as magnetic reconnection.

05.12.14 – NASA Administrator Visits Goddard, Discusses MMS
NASA Administrator Charles Bolden got a firsthand look at work being done on the four Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) spacecraft during his visit to the agency's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, on May 12.

04.18.14 – NASA's MMS Observatories Stacked For Testing
Engineers at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., accomplished another first. Using a large overhead crane, they mated two Magnetospheric Multiscale, or MMS, observatories – also called mini-stacks — at a time, to construct a full four-stack of observatories.

04.11.14 –NASA Highlights Magnetospheric Multiscale Mission at Local Fair
Representatives from NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., were on hand April 5, 2014, for an outdoor “show and tell” event called the Mini Maker Faire.

03.24.14 – NASA Education Event Highlights Mission to Study Magnetic Reconnection
Despite chilly temperatures and grey skies, 108 local elementary and middle school students and their families gathered March 16 at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center's Visitor Center in Greenbelt, Md., for an educational event called The Sunday Experiment.

03.05.14 – NASA Invites Children, Families to Learn about Magnetospheric Multiscale Mission
NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center's Visitor Center in Greenbelt, Md., will host this month's Sunday Experiment on March 16 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. EDT. It's a free afternoon for elementary school-aged children and their families.

02.25.14 – NASA Embraces Challenge of Building Four Spacecraft to Study Magnetic Reconnection
First thing every morning, the engineering team for NASA's Magnetospheric Multiscale mission gathers for a 10-minute meeting.

2013


11.20.13 – New Digital Resources Teach Students About NASA's MMS Mission
A new set of NASA resources called iMAGiNETICspace is helping educators teach science and engineering concepts to middle school students in a fun, interactive way.

08.06.13 – NASA's MMS Stacked for Shock Tests
Spacecraft must go through a series of rigorous tests before they are launched into space.

07.15.13 – The Heart of Space Weather Observed in Action
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.

06.14.13 – NASA's MMS Achieves Major Mission Milestone
The team completed their first comprehensive performance test a few hours early on observatory number one, an indication that no significant issues were encountered.

05.30.13 – NASA's MMS Team Assembles Final Observatory
On May 20, 2013, the Magnetospheric Multiscale, or MMS, mission team at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., reached an unprecedented milestone.

02.06.13 – NASA Heliophysics Missions On Display at Aerospace@Annapolis
NASA 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.

01.31.13 – NASA's First Attempt At Building Four Spacecraft for One Mission
An unprecedented mission is currently being built at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. The center is simultaneously building four nearly identical spacecraft for the Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) mission scheduled to launch in late 2014.

01.24.13 – Working on Four Spacecraft Simultaneously
NASA's Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) mission clean room is buzzing with activity as engineers work on all four MMS observatories at the same time.

01.08.13 – Cluster Finds Turbulent Eddies May Warm the Solar Wind
The sun ejects a continuous flow of electrically charged particles and magnetic fields in the form of the solar wind — and this wind is hotter than it should be.

2012


12.13.12 – Instrument Deck Installed on MMS Observatory #2
MMS Observatory #2 will remain at Goddard during the next several months while engineers and technicians integrate additional flight hardware and conduct necessary functional and environmental tests.

09.11.12 – Students Build a MMS Spacecraft Model Using LEGOs®
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.

09.05.12 – NASA Mission to Study Magnetic Explosions Passes Major Review
On August 31, 2012 , NASA's Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) mission proved it was ready for its next steps by passing what's called a Systems Integration Review (SIR), which deems a mission ready to integrate instruments onto the spacecraft.

07.02.12 – Hidden Portals in Earth’s Magnetic Field
A favorite theme of science fiction is “the portal”—an extraordinary opening in space or time that connects travelers to distant realms.

06.08.12 – Instrument Integration Begins on MMS Spacecraft
The decks have arrived. Engineers working on NASA'S Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) mission have started integrating instruments on the first of four instrument decks in a newly fabricated cleanroom at Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md.

04.30.12 – Goddard Collaborates on MMS Instrument
Whether it's a giant solar flare or a beautiful green-blue aurora, just about everything interesting in space weather happens due to a phenomenon called magnetic reconnection.

01.13.12 – Spacecraft Cleanroom Goes Green
When it launches in 2014, NASA's new Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) mission will give scientists unprecedented insights into a little-understood physical process at the heart all space weather.

2011


04.29.11 – Goddard Building Instrument To Study Reconnection
Whether it's a giant solar flare or a beautiful green-blue aurora, just about everything interesting in space weather happens due to a phenomenon called magnetic reconnection.

2010


10.01.10 – Missions, Meetings, and the Magnetosphere Radial Tire Model
Goddard scientist Tom Moore has recently been named Project Scientist for the Magnetospheric MultiScale mission (or MMS), four spacecraft that will launch in 2014 to study “magnetic reconnection” – a crossing of magnetic field lines that can produce solar flares as powerful as a billion atomic bombs and is responsible for magnetic storms and auroras in Earth's atmosphere.

09.03.10 – NASA’s Magnetospheric Mission Passes Major Milestone
The universe is still an arcane place that scientists know very little about, but a new NASA Solar Terrestrial Probe mission is going to shed light on one especially mysterious event called magnetic reconnection.

2009


08.31.09 – Honey, I Blew Up the Tokamak
Magnetic reconnection could be the Universe's favorite way to make things explode.

07.21.09 – NASA's Magnetospheric MultiScale Mission Takes a Step Closer to Solving the Mystery Behind Magnetic Reconnection
NASA is designing a mission to investigate one of the most fundamental and explosive physical processes in the universe - magnetic reconnection.

2008


12.19.08 – NASA Goddard and University of Idaho Create Solutions for 2 NASA Missions
Pen-Shu Yeh is a senior engineer at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md. and a grant technical officer.

2006


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

Media Contacts

Members of the media, please contact any of the following:

NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center
Susan Hendrix
301.286.7745
susan.m.hendrix@nasa.gov

NASA Headquarters
Dwayne Brown
202.358.1726
dwayne.c.brown@nasa.gov

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