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2014-03-05 12:21:20

GREENBELT, Md., March 5, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center's Visitor Center in Greenbelt, Md., will host this month's Sunday Experiment on March 16 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. ET. It's a free afternoon for elementary school-aged children and their families. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO This month's Sunday Experiment explores how NASA will launch the Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) Mission comprised of four identically...

Solar Winds May Be Warmed By Turbulent Plasma
2012-12-19 10:43:11

Watch the video "Simulated Vision of Solar Wind Turbulence" April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Scientists have zoomed in on solar wind to reveal the finest detail yet using the European Space Agency's (ESA) Cluster quartet of satellites as a space plasma microscope. They found tiny turbulent swirls that could play a big role in heating the winds. The fact that these winds stay hotter than they current models predict has been a long-standing puzzle in solar physics...

Major Review Passed For NASA Mission To Study Magnetic Explosions
2012-09-06 07:20:05

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 magnetic reconnection, which creates explosive bursts of energy and which powers a variety of space phenomena from the aurora to giant eruptions of radiation on...

2012-08-28 07:42:01

NASA has selected ADNET Systems Inc. of Rockville, Md., to provide a broad range of services to support Earth and space science research and development at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. This is a cost-plus fixed-fee contract with a total estimated value of $249 million, which includes one base year and four one-year options to extend performance. The basic period of performance is from October 1, 2012 - September 30, 2013. The contractor will provide a broad range...

2012-06-14 10:31:05

Engineers and scientists at the Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] Space Systems Advanced Technology Center (ATC) have completed delivery of key hardware subsystems for NASA´s Magnetosphereic Multiscale mission (MMS). The delivery comprised four flight subsystems and one flight spare unit. The prime contractor Southwest Research Institute (SWRI) partnered with Lockheed Martin to develop and build the Hot Plasma Composition Analyzer (HPCA) as part of the MMS instrument suite. When it launches...

2012-04-25 05:00:30

NASA has awarded a contract to ARES Technical Services Corporation of Vienna, Va., for Safety and Mission Assurance Services (SMAS) for the Goddard Safety and Mission Assurance Directorate, located at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. This is a cost-plus fixed-fee indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract with a maximum ordering value of $180 million. The effective ordering period is from June 1, 2012 through May 31, 2017. This is a follow-on contract and a small...

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2011-05-02 09:39:03

Karen C. Fox, NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center Whether it's a giant solar flare or a beautiful green-blue aurora, just about everything interesting in space weather happens due to a phenomenon called magnetic reconnection. Reconnection occurs when magnetic field lines cross and create a burst of energy. These bursts can be so big they're measured in megatons of TNT. Several spacecraft have already sent back tantalizing data when they happened to witness a magnetic reconnection event in...

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2011-02-01 09:13:54

NASA's Time History of Events and Macroscale Interaction during Substorms (THEMIS) spacecraft combined with computer models have helped track the origin of the energetic particles in Earth's magnetic atmosphere that appear during a kind of space weather called a substorm. Understanding the source of such particles and how they are shuttled through Earth's atmosphere is crucial to better understanding the Sun's complex space weather system and thus protect satellites or even humans in space....


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  • The navel or umbilicus.
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