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Atlas V to Launch NASA’s Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) Mission

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A United Launch Alliance Atlas V 421 will launch the Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) mission for NASA.

Date/Site/Launch Time: Thursday, March 12, 2015, from Space Launch Complex-41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. The 30-minute launch window opens at 10:44 p.m. EDT.

Mission Description: The Magnetospheric Multiscale, or MMS, mission studies the mystery of how magnetic fields around Earth connect and disconnect, explosively releasing energy via a process known as magnetic reconnection. MMS consists of four identical spacecraft that work together to provide the first three-dimensional view of this fundamental process, which occurs throughout the universe.

Launch Notes: MMS will be United Launch Alliance’s 94th launch since the company was founded in December 2006. It will mark the third of 13 planned ULA missions in 2015.

Launch Updates: To keep up to speed with updates to the launch countdown, dial the ULA launch hotline at 1-877-852-4321 or join the conversation at www.facebook.com/ulalaunch, twitter.com/ulalaunch and instagram.com/ulalaunch.


Go Atlas! Go Centaur! Go MMS!

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Feb. 20, 2015: Launch pad modifications at Space Launch Complex (SLC)-41 have begun. The Crew Space Transportation (CST)-100 spacecraft, which will launch atop ULA’s Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral’s SLC-41, is under development by Boeing. CST-100 will be certified to fly crews to and from the International Space Station.