NASA mission to study magnetic explosions passes major review

Sep 05, 2012 by Karen C. Fox
This image shows the first of four Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) mission spacecraft just moments after the flight electronics – seen wired into the lower deck -- were integrated. The center core holds the propulsion system. A second hexagonal deck with the scientific instruments will sit on top. Credit: NASA/B. Lambert

(Phys.org)—On August 31, 2012 , NASA's Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) mission proved it was ready for its next steps by passing what's called a Systems Integration Review (SIR), which deems a mission ready to integrate instruments onto the spacecraft.

The MMS mission is due to launch in late 2014. It will observe a mysterious process called , which creates explosive bursts of energy and which powers a variety of space phenomena from the aurora to giant eruptions of radiation on the sun known as . The images here show the spacecraft under construction, a process made all the more complex since MMS requires the building of four identical spacecraft.

Engineers work to install scientific instruments onto one of the MSS spacecraft decks. Credit: NASA/B. Lambert

For more information about NASA's MMS mission, go to: http://mms.gsfc.nasa.gov/

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cantdrive85
2.3 / 5 (3) Sep 05, 2012
"Magnetic reconnection is pseudo-science" Hannes Alfven, Nobel Laureate in Physics for his work in magnetohydrodynamics. He would know!
yyz
1 / 5 (2) Sep 05, 2012
""Magnetic reconnection is pseudo-science" Hannes Alfven..."

As well known as Alfven's contribution to science is, scientists are known to make pronouncements that are later proven wrong (cf. Lord Kelvin and heavier-than-air flying machines). But would Alfven disregard *observations* of magnetic reconnection processes by:

the Sun -

http://iopscience...713/1/L6
http://iopscience...ext.html

the Earth -

http://www-2.ners...nn08.pdf

even Mercury -

http://www.scienc...06.short

And here I thought you plasma universe guys were all about actual observations as opposed to fancy theories.

vidyunmaya
1 / 5 (2) Sep 05, 2012
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Plasma regulated Electromagnetic phenomena in Magnetic field Environment
The Science of Cosmology Vedas-Unity in Diversity-By Vidyardhi Nanduri.Complete set of Books-available for interaction- -deal above Van-Allen belts-that answer quest from Alfven to present day Cosmology under revision.This is an opportunity to set science-Philosophy-nature-create cosmology Chairs -East West Interaction
cantdrive85
1 / 5 (1) Sep 08, 2012
""Magnetic reconnection is pseudo-science" Hannes Alfven..."

As well known as Alfven's contribution to science is, scientists are known to make pronouncements that are later proven wrong (cf. Lord Kelvin and heavier-than-air flying machines). But would Alfven disregard *observations* of magnetic reconnection processes by:

the Sun -

http://iopscience...713/1/L6

And here I thought you plasma universe guys were all about actual observations as opposed to fancy theories.



Yes, he would still disregard reconnection, he labeled it as what he discovered, an exploding double layer.

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