Looking like artificial shooting stars, the four Magnetospheric Multiscale, or MMS, spacecraft appear as greenish streaks in this series of photos taken with a DSLR camera from Japan on Nov. 30, 2015, at 2:11 p.m. EST (Dec. 1, 2015, at 4:11 a.m. local time).
Just under four months into the science phase of the mission, NASA's Magnetospheric Multiscale, or MMS, is delivering promising early results on a process called magnetic reconnection – a kind of magnetic explosion that's related to everything from the northern lights to solar flares.
On Oct. 15, 2015, a NASA mission broke its own record: the four satellites of its Magnetospheric Multiscale mission are now flying at their smallest separation, the tightest multi-spacecraft formation ever flown in orbit.
NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and Brazilian Space Agency (AEB) President José Raimundo Braga Coelho have signed agreements to further research into heliophysics and space weather and to enhance global climate study and educational opportunities.
The public is invited to a free talk called “Understanding Magnetic Storms” with Dr. John Dorelli in the Pickford Theater, third floor, Madison Building, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. on Thursday, June 11 at 11:30 a.m. EDT.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.