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Cover of MMS press kitFor an in-depth look at the mission ahead for the four Magnetic Multiscale observatories, download the MMS press kit (PDF). It’s full of details about the mission’s science objectives, the spacecraft and their instruments, and the key organizations that made the mission possible.

Right now, MMS remains attached to the Centaur upper stage during this 59-minute coast phase. After a second Centaur engine burn, the observatories will be released one by one, five minutes apart.


NASA’s Magnetospheric Multiscale mission is underway with a spectacular nighttime liftoff aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket. The vehicle is lighting the darkened skies over the spaceport, leaving Earth behind as it rockets into orbit after an on-time liftoff at 10:44 p.m. from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s Space Launch Complex 41.