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NASA Administrator and Media to See MMS Mission Progress

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WASHINGTON, May 9, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA Administrator Charles Bolden will get a firsthand look at work being done on the Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) spacecraft during a visit to the agency's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, on Monday, May 12.

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Bolden will visit Goddard's Integration and Test Facility where the four MMS spacecraft are undergoing testing. The spacecraft will be in a rare four-stack arrangement inside a clean room after completing vibration testing. The clean room itself will be temporarily altered to allow a close-up view of the approximate 20-foot high collection of four observatories in their launch configuration.

A media opportunity will begin at 9 a.m. EDT. In addition to Bolden, MMS project personnel will be available to answer questions about the mission, ground testing and preps for launch.

During its two-year mission, MMS will explore the mystery of how magnetic fields around Earth connect and disconnect, explosively releasing energy -- a process known as magnetic reconnection. The four MMS spacecraft will provide the first three-dimensional views of this fundamental process that occurs throughout our universe.

Media interested in attending should contact Susan Hendrix or Ed Campion at 301-286-7745/-0697 or susan.m.hendrix@nasa.gov or edward.s.campion@nasa.gov no later than 4 p.m. on Friday, May 9.

Media will need to report to Goddard's main gate on Greenbelt Road at 8 a.m. on Monday. Vehicles are subject to security search at the gate. Valid media credentials are required.

For more information about the MMS mission, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/mms

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