Things are quiet at the Space Launch Complex 41 tonight, but this time next week will be a different story. While many students will be relaxing and enjoying their spring break, NASA officials will be working hard to launch an unmanned experiment into space.

An Atlas V rocket holds a SpaceX capsule, ready for launch, on January 6. Photo by Nick Russett
An Atlas V rocket holds a SpaceX capsule, ready for launch, on January 6. Photo by Nick Russett

The Magnetospheric Multiscale mission, or MMS for short, involves four observatories that will study the magnetic fields around Earth, and how they will connect and disconnect, according to NASA.


The four, identical, spacecraft observatories will be combined into one unit for launch, and attached to an Atlas V rocket, launching from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, according to NASA.

Having four observatories running simultaneously will allow scientists to create three-dimensional views of this magnetic reconnection, according to NASA.

KnightNews.com will be on location at the Vertical Integration Facility on Wednesday morning to provide a first-hand view of the Atlas V rocket on its journey to the launch pad.

KnightNews.com will also be reporting from the Kennedy Space Center Press Site Thursday night, to provide live updates on the launch, which is currently schedule for 10:44 p.m.