Technicians at the Astrotech Space Operations facility in Titusville, Florida, are preparing a constellation of four identical spacecraft for launch as early as March 12 to study the narrow interface between the solar wind and Earth’s magnetosphere. Scientists believe the Magnetospheric Multi-Scale (MMS) mission could improve space-weather forecasting, much in the same way that atmospheric probes of hurricanes and tornadoes help forecasters model the behavior of those deadly storms. It ...

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