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In the News – Year 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.
Narrated Animation of MMS Launch and Deploy
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.
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.
How NASA Watches CMEs
How NASA Watches CMEs
09.25.14 – NASA currently flies 18 missions to study the sun-Earth connection, a field known as heliophysics, and additionally launches numerous short-flight rockets for observations of solar impacts in and above Earth's atmosphere.
Mapping the Journey of a Giant Coronal Mass Ejection
Mapping the Journey of a Giant Coronal Mass Ejection
09.24.14 – Using NASA observatories scientists clocked a July 2012 CME as traveling between 1,800 and 2,200 miles per second as it left the sun.
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.
STEREO Still Providing Detailed Solar Imagery
STEREO Still Providing Detailed Solar Imagery
09.03.14 – NASA's Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory witnessed a dramatic solar eruption on Aug. 24, 2014 — even with one of its ‘eyes’ partially closed.
Researchers Look Into the Heart of a Solar Storm
Researchers Look Into the Heart of a Solar Storm
08.28.14 – An incredibly strong solar storm triggering six-hour auroras barely affected the Earth's magnetic field, puzzling scientists and raising questions.
NASA-Funded Mission To Study the Sun's Energy
NASA-Funded Mission To Study the Sun's Energy
07.10.14 – On July 14, 2014, the Degradation Free Spectrometers experiment will soar 180 miles into Earth's atmosphere, to help measure the sun's total energy output, known as irradiance, in these short wavelengths.
MESSENGER Studies High-Energy Process On the Sun
MESSENGER Studies High-Energy Process On the Sun
07.09.14 – NASA's MESSENGER — which orbits Mercury, and so is as close as 28 million miles from the sun versus Earth's 93 million miles — is near enough to the sun to detect solar neutrons that are created in solar flares.
NASA's STEREO Enters New Stage of Operations
NASA's STEREO Entering New Stage of Operations
07.03.14 – Launch in 2006, NASA's two STEREO spacecraft are about to enter a new phase of their journey: a time when the bright light and heat of the sun will stand in the way of sending data back to Earth.
Puffing Sun Births Reluctant Eruption
Puffing Sun Births Reluctant Eruption
06.27.14 – A suite of NASA's sun-gazing spacecraft have spotted an unusual series of solar eruptions.
Sun's Atmosphere Larger Than Previously Observed
Sun's Atmosphere Larger Than Previously Observed
06.25.14 – Scientists have found that the sun's atmosphere, the corona, is larger than thought, extending out some 5 million miles from the solar surface.
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.
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.
Apperance of Night-Shining Clouds Has Increased
Appearance of Night-Shining Clouds Has Increased
04.10.14 – Scientists show that the presence of bright-shining noctilucent clouds have increased in areas between 40 and 50 degrees north latitude, which covers the northern third of the United Sates and the lowest parts of Canada.
STEREO Studies Extreme Space Weather
STEREO Studies Extreme Space Weather
03.18.14 – On July 22, 2012, a massive cloud of solar material erupted off the sun, traveling over 1,800 miles per second.
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.
Weak CME Arrives and Sparks Aurora
Weak CME Arrives and Sparks Aurora
01.10.14 – On Jan. 9, 2014, at 2:32 p.m. EST, a coronal mass ejection, or CME, that left the sun on Jan. 7, reached near-Earth space.