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In the News – Year 2016

12.07.16 – TIMED: 15 Years Exploring Our Interface to Space
Launched Dec. 7, 2001, NASA’s TIMED spacecraft has spent 15 years observing the dynamics of the upper regions of Earth’s atmosphere – comprising the mesosphere, thermosphere and ionosphere.

11.04.16 – NASA's MMS Breaks Guinness World Record
NASA's Magnetospheric Multiscale mission, or MMS, is breaking records. MMS now holds the Guinness World Record for highest altitude fix of a GPS signal.

10.25.16 – How to Read a STEREO Image
In the same way that two eyes give humans a three-dimensional perception of the world around us, the twin spacecraft of NASA's Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory mission, or STEREO, enable us to understand the sun in 3-D.

10.25.16 – STEREO: 10 Years of Revolutionary Solar Views
Launched 10 years ago, on Oct. 25, 2006, the twin spacecraft of NASA's STEREO mission – short for Solar and Terrestrial Relations Observatory – have given us unprecedented views of the sun, including the first-ever simultaneous view of the entire star at once.

10.17.16 – Wayward Field Lines Challenge Solar Radiation Models
In addition to the constant emission of warmth and light, our sun sends out occasional bursts of solar radiation that propel high-energy particles toward Earth.

09.22.16 – Highlights from a Decade of JAXA and NASA's Hinode Solar Observatory
Since its launch on Sept. 22, 2006, Hinode, a joint mission of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and NASA, has been watching the sun nearly non-stop, providing valuable insight into our star – and others throughout the universe.

09.22.16 – NASA Scientist to Discuss “A Space Weather Report” at Library of Congress Lecture
The public is invited to a free talk called “A Space Weather Report: Preparing Space Explorers for Bad Weather throughout the Solar System” with NASA Solar Scientist C. Alex Young in the Pickford Theater, sixth floor, Dining Room A, Madison Building, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C., on Thursday, Sept. 29, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. EDT.

09.21.16 – NASA's MMS Achieves Closest-Ever Flying Formation
On Sept. 15, 2016, NASA's Magnetospheric Multiscale, or MMS, mission achieved a new record: Its four spacecraft are flying only four-and-a-half miles apart, the closest separation ever of any multi-spacecraft formation.

09.01.16 – Images From Sun's Edge Reveal Origins of Solar Wind
Ever since the 1950s discovery of the solar wind – the constant flow of charged particles from the sun – there's been a stark disconnect between this outpouring and the sun itself.

08.22.16 – NASA Establishes Contact With STEREO Mission
On Aug. 21, 2016, contact was reestablished with one of NASA's Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatories, known as the STEREO-B spacecraft, after communications were lost on Oct. 1, 2014.

07.20.16 – The Magnetosphere Has a Large Intake of Solar Wind Energy
Solar wind forms the energy source for aurora explosions. How does the Earth’s magnetosphere take in the energy of the solar wind?

05.12.16 – NASA Directly Observes Fundamental Process of Nature for 1st Time
Like sending sensors up into a hurricane, NASA has flown four spacecraft through an invisible maelstrom in space, called magnetic reconnection.

05.12.16 – Magnetic Reconnection Throughout the Universe (Infographic)
Magnetic fields go in, energy comes out.

05.10.16 – Swept Up in the Solar Wind
From our vantage point on the ground, the sun seems like a still ball of light, but in reality, it teems with activity.

05.03.16 – Satellites to See Mercury Enter Spotlight on May 9
It happens only a little more than once a decade — and the next chance to see it is Monday, May 9.

04.19.16 – Seeing Double: NASA Missions Measure Solar Flare from 2 Spots in Space
Solar flares are intense bursts of light from the sun.

03.14.2016 – MMS Celebrates a Year in Space
NASA launched the Magnetospheric Multiscale, or MMS, mission on March 12, 2015.

03.07.2016 – Citizen Scientists Help NASA Researchers Understand Auroras
Space weather scientist Liz MacDonald has seen auroras more than five times in her life, but it was the aurora she didn't see that affected her the most.

03.03.2016 – A Moment in the Sun's Atmosphere: NASA's Science During the March 2016 Total Solar Eclipse
As the moon slowly covers the face of the sun on the morning of March 9, 2016, in Indonesia, a team of NASA scientists will be anxiously awaiting the start of totality — because at that moment, their countdown clock begins.