By studying reconnection in this local, natural laboratory, MMS helps us understand reconnection elsewhere as well, such as in the atmosphere of the Sun and other stars, in the vicinity of black holes and neutron stars, and at the boundary between our solar system’s heliosphere and interstellar space.
MMS consists of four identical observatories that will provide the first three-dimensional view of magnetic reconnection. The four MMS observatories will fly through reconnection regions in a tight formation in well under a second, so key sensors on each spacecraft are designed to measure the space environment at rates faster than any previous mission.
For additional visuals regarding the MMS mission and science, please see our MMS Pre-launch Gallery.
Briefing participants include:
Geoffrey Yoder, deputy associate administrator NASA Science Mission Directorate, Washington
Omar Baez, NASA launch manager Kennedy Space Center, Florida
Vernon Thorp, program manager, NASA Missions United Launch Alliance, Centennial, Colorado
Craig Tooley, NASA MMS project manager,
Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Maryland
Jim Burch, principal investigator Southwest Research Institute, San Antonio, Texas
Clay Flinn, launch weather officer, 45th Weather Squadron
Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida