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NASA Goddard Provides Superfast Sensors for New MMS Mission

NASA Goddard Provides Superfast Sensors for New MMS Mission

03.11.15 – 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. All that power will be essential to gather the first ever, three-dimensional measurements of a little understood phenomena in space called magnetic reconnection. Magnetic reconnection happens when magnetic field lines realign quickly and explosively, initiating the movement of large-scale flows of particles, and accelerating particles up to nearly the speed of light. This is one of the most dramatic occurrences in space, powering gigantic explosions on our closest star such as solar flares, and causing particles to funnel into near-Earth space leading to aurora.

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