NASA's MMS Spacecraft in Earth's Orbit Following a successful launch at 10:44 p.m. EDT Thursday, NASA’s four Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) spacecraft are positioned in Earth’s orbit to begin the first space mission dedicated to the study of a phenomenon called magnetic reconnection. This process is thought to be the catalyst for some of the most powerful explosions in our solar system. The spacecraft, positioned one on top of the other on a United Launch Alliance Atlas V 421 rocket, launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida.
New NASA Mission to Study Oceans and Atmosphere NASA is beginning work on a new satellite mission that will extend critical climate measurements of Earth’s oceans and atmosphere and advance studies of the impact of environmental changes on ocean health, fisheries and the carbon cycle. Tentatively scheduled to launch in 2022, the Pre-Aerosol Clouds and ocean Ecosystem (PACE) mission will study Earth’s aquatic ecology and chemistry, and address the uncertainty in our understanding of how clouds and small airborne particles called aerosols affect Earth’s climate.
NEW COMET: A new Oort Cloud comet named C/2013 US10 Catalina is approaching us, which is supposed to become relatively bright on Dec 15 2015- Jan 16 '16. It is hovering in space at a magnitude of +13 at present. However there are good prospects of it attaining a speed of +3, which means it would be easily visible to the unaided eye in suburbs.