NASA Launching Satellites To Study Magnetic Fields Just As Sun Unleashes Monster Flare « CBS San Francisco

March 11, 2015 9:25 PM

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NASA Launching Satellites To Study Magnetic Fields Just As Sun Unleashes Monster Flare « CBS San Francisco

(CBS SF) — NASA is launching a fleet of spacecraft Thursday to investigate the mystery behind a cosmic phenomenon in the Earth’s magnetic field just as the sun unleashed its first massive flare of the year.

The Magnetospheric Multiscale mission, or MMS, will be the first-ever mission to study magnetic reconnection — the explosive event that can send powerful bursts of particles hurling toward Earth with the potential to damage satellites, power grids and people.

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