Satellite Quartet: NASA's Magnetospheric Multiscale Mission in Pictures

NASA's Magnetic Field Explorers

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In March 2015, NASA is launching the Magnetospheric Multiscale mission, or MMS, to study how magnetic fields of the Earth and sun release energy in events known as "magnetic reconnection." See images and photos from the novel space mission, which includes a team of four satellites, in our gallery here.

LIFTOFF for Atlas V

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Watch NASA's four MMS satellites blast off at 10:44 pm ET on March 12, 2015 in this video of the Atlas V rocket.

Liftoff for NASA's MMS Satellites!

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NASA's four Magnetospheric Multiscale satellites launch into space atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket in a late night blastoff from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on March 12, 2015.

How MMS Satellites Study the Magnetic Fields of Earth and Sun (Infographic)

By Karl Tate, Infographics Artist

A constellation of four satellites orbit through Earth's magnetic field to study the mysterious phenomenon called magnetic reconnection. See how NASA's Magnetospheric Multiscale mission works in our infographic.

Atlas V Engines Launching MMS

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The business end of the United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket that launched NASA's Magnetic Multiscale mission into orbit from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on March 12, 2015.

Visualization of Magnetic Reconnection

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A still taken from a video visualization shows magnetic reconnection in the Magnetospheric Multiscale, or MMS, mission movie trailer. The blue lines surrounding Earth depict the magnetic field lines of the magnetosphere and the bright point indicates the moment of reconnection.

Atlas V Launches NASA MMS Mission

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An Atlas V rocket streaks into space from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on March 12, 2015 on a mission to deploy NASA's four Magnetospheric Multiscale satellites into orbit to hunt for magnetic reconnection events in Earth's magnetic field.

NASA MMS Satellites Launch

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NASA's four Magnetospheric Multiscale satellites launch into space atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket in a late night blastoff from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on March 12, 2015.

Calla Cofield with MMS Mission Atlas V 1

Calla Cofield, Space.com

Space.com reporter Calla Cofield at Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The Magnetospheric Multiscale mission is loaded up on top of an Atlas V rocket and is set to launch tonight (March 12) at 10:44 p.m. EDT (0244 GMT March 13).

Calla Cofield with MMS Mission Atlas V 2

Calla Cofield, Space.com

Calla Cofield at Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The Magnetospheric Multiscale mission is loaded up on top of an Atlas V rocket and is set to launch tonight (March 12) at 10:44 p.m. EDT (0244 GMT March 13).

MMS in Orbit Graphic

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An artist's illustration shows the four MMS spacecraft in orbit within Earth's magnetic field.

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