Press Release

NASA Goddard Invites Media for MMS Mission Tour

By SpaceRef Editor
March 4, 2015
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Social media users and traditional media are invited to a one-day NASA media event on March 12, 2015, to tour the facilities where the Magnetospheric Multiscale, or MMS, mission was designed, built and tested at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Maryland. The event will take place hours before the mission’s launch the night of March 12, scheduled for no earlier than 10:44 p.m. EDT.

The MMS mission will launch four identical spacecraft into orbit around Earth to study magnetic reconnection, one of the most important, mysterious and powerful processes in space weather. The spacecraft will orbit our planet in formation, flying through Earth’s own magnetosphere, using it as a laboratory to study this universal phenomenon.

Magnetic reconnection is the process by which magnetic fields collide, causing massive explosions of energy. These violent explosions are responsible for space weather events, such as eruptive solar flares, that affect many modern technological systems and can lead to communication blackouts and other disruptions.

Participants will have the opportunity to:

Get a behind-the-scenes look at the facilities at Goddard where MMS was built, including the world’s largest clean room

Speak with NASA representatives about the mission and the facilities

Engage with fellow space enthusiasts who are active on social media

Those interested in attending the event should contact Karl Hille by noon March 6, 2015, by email at Space is limited. Be sure to put “MMS Media Day” in the subject line, include your media affiliation, Twitter handle or other social media website urls, a paragraph explaining why you should come visit Goddard and your contact information.

For more information about the MMS mission, visit:

For more information and directions to the NASA Goddard Visitor Center, visit:


SpaceRef staff editor.