Atlas V MMS Launch Highlights

An Atlas V 421 rocket lifts off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s Space Launch Complex-41 carrying NASA’s Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) mission. The MMS mission studies the mystery of how magnetic fields around Earth connect and disconnect, explosively releasing energy via a process known as magnetic reconnection. MMS consists of four identical spacecraft that work together to provide the first three-dimensional view of this fundamental process, which occurs throughout the universe.

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