NASA to launch pyramid of spacecrafts into Earth’s magnetosphere

March 12, 2015 2:12 AM

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According to a NASA Science News article, tomorrow, March 12, will witness the launch of the first mission designed specifically to study the enigmatic phenomenon of magnetic reconnection. The Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) mission will send four probes on orbits that take them through Earth’s magnetic field.

The main octagonal body of each spacecraft is approximately four meters wide and a meter thick. Once in orbit, each probe will deploy 60-meter long wire booms, tipped with electromagnetic sensors. The probes will sail through space in formation at least 10 kilometers apart; they will be controlled b...

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