NASA has announced that it has successfully launched four new spacecraft this week. The spacecraft are called the Magnetosphere multiscale (MMS) spacecraft and will be positioned in Earth orbit. The spacecraft launched on top of a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket on Thursday, March 12. The launch occurred at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Space Launch Complex 41.
The MMS are the first spacecraft dedicated to studying the phenomenon called magnetic reconnection. Scientists believe that magnetic reconnection is the catalyst for some of the most powerful explosions in the solar system.