WATCH LIVE: Atlas V Launch Set Tonight At 10:44 p.m.

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Atlas V rocket set for blastoff at 10:44 p.m. EDT

ABOVE LIVESTREAM: Tune in to to watch the Magnetospheric Multiscale launch live beginning at 8 p.m. on Thursday night. The Magnetospheric Multiscale launch is scheduled to liftoff at 10:44 p.m.

BREVARD COUNTY • CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, FLORIDA – Tune in to to watch the Magnetospheric Multiscale launch live with coverage beginning at 8 p.m. Thursday night.

The weather forecast remains 70 percent favorable for the liftoff of NASA’s MMS spacecraft atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket at 10:44 p.m. EDT on Thursday.

Liftoff is targeted for the beginning of a 30-minute launch window from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s Space Launch Complex 41.

The MMS mission studies the mystery of how magnetic fields around Earth connect and disconnect, explosively releasing energy via a process known a magnetic reconnection.

MMS consists of four identical spacecraft that work together to provide the first three-dimensional view of this fundamental process, which occurs throughout the universe.

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The mission observes reconnection directly in Earth’s protective magnetic space environment, the magnetosphere.

By studying reconnection in this local, natural laboratory, MMS helps us understand reconnection elsewhere as well, such as in the atmosphere of the sun and other stars, in the vicinity of black holes and neutron stars, and at the boundary between our solar system’s heliosphere and interstellar space.