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Magnetospheric Multiscale Science Mission Profile and Operations

The Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) mission and operations are designed to provide the maximum reconnection science. The mission phases are chosen to investigate reconnection at the dayside magnetopause and in the magnetotail. At the dayside, the MMS orbits are chosen to maximize encounters with the magnetopause in regions where the probability of encountering the reconnection diffusion region is high. In the magnetotail, the orbits are chosen to maximize encounters with the neutral sheet, where reconnection is known to occu ...

Fuselier, S.; Lewis, W.; Schiff, C.; Ergun, R.; Burch, J.; Petrinec, S.; Trattner, K.;

YEAR: 2014     DOI: 10.1007/s11214-014-0087-x

Magnetic reconnection; Magnetospheric multiscale; Space mission design; Spacecraft orbits