Friday, March 13, 2015

That was a pretty launch. What was it? #MMS #AtlasV launch #CapeLife #MeatballMarinaraSub

Another mission that I have no clue about has successfully launched from Cape Canaveral! But now that I've watched "MMS" launch I'm going to look up what the Magical Moonlight Spaceship acronym stands for and the cool science it will perform. It's a NASA science mission right? The point I'm trying to make is that launches can inspire everyone to learn more about space exploration. Image this scenario... An unknown rocket roaring in the distance soars into the night sky as a young child pulls back their blinds to watch the blinding glow of it's fiery engines and wonders where it is going, and what it will see. In the coming weeks as the child learns about their first launch by the images being returned to Earth, they wonder when they will get to rocket into space...

MMS, the Meatball Marinara Sub soars into space over Cape Canaveral. The composite includes four 30-second exposures. The Big Dipper shines bright in the upper right of the photo.

I just learned what MMS stands for by adding the official stats. 4 spacecraft! Cool!
March 12/13Atlas 5 • MMS
Launch window: 0244-0314 GMT on 13th (10:44-11:14 p.m. EDT on 12th)
Launch site: SLC-41, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida
A United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket will launch NASA’s Magnetospheric Multiscale, or MMS, mission. The Magnetospheric Multiscale mission will use four identical spacecraft, variably spaced in Earth orbit, to make three-dimensional measurements of magnetospheric boundary regions and examine the process of magnetic reconnection. The rocket will fly in the 421 vehicle configuration with a four-meter fairing, two solid rocket boosters and a single-engine Centaur upper stage. Delayed from Nov. 26. [Sept. 3]

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