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The scientific objective of the MMS mission is to:
Specifically, and in priority order, MMS will address three main objecti= ves:
Everyone knows magnets exert forces, but did you know that magnetic fiel= ds act a lot like muscles that store and release energy as they tie space p= lasmas together? Magnetic connections switch in a process called "reconnect= ion" that controls space weather forces and energy flows. The switch occurs= in tiny volumes of space called "diffusion regions" where the magnetic fie= ld lines take an "X" shape separating magnetic muscles that connect two pla= smas from those that do not. MMS will observe how, when and where the magne= to-muscular switch occurs and why it is often explosive, especially when on= e plasma tears free from another.
Based on the MMS launch date of 12 March 2015, the mission schedule call= s for commissioning through August 2015, with Phase E beginning 1 September= 2015 and running for 36 months, through August of 2018, and likely through= the end of FY2017.