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2013-02-28 16:20:25

WASHINGTON, Feb. 28, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's Van Allen Probes mission has discovered a previously unknown third radiation belt around Earth, revealing the existence of unexpected structures and processes within these hazardous regions of space. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) Previous observations of Earth's Van Allen belts have long documented two distinct regions of trapped radiation surrounding our planet. Particle detection instruments aboard...

Highlights For NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory Third Year
2013-02-11 14:54:31

NASA [ Watch The Video ] On Feb. 11, 2010, NASA launched an unprecedented solar observatory into space. NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) flew up on an Atlas V rocket, carrying instruments that scientists hoped would revolutionize observations of the sun. If all went according to plan, SDO would provide incredibly high-resolution data of the entire solar disk almost as quickly as once a second. When the science team released its first images in April of 2010, SDO's data...

NASA Renames Radiation Belt Mission
2012-11-10 09:36:40

April Flowers for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online NASA announced the renaming of a recently launched mission to study the radiation belts to the Van Allen Probes in honor of the late James Van Allen, head of the physics department at the University of Iowa. Van Allen discovered the radiation belts encircling Earth in 1958. NASA announced the new name, previously the Radiation Belt Storm Probes (RBSP), at a ceremony at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory...

2012-11-09 16:21:37

WASHINGTON, Nov. 9, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA has renamed a recently launched mission that studies Earth's radiation belts as the Van Allen Probes in honor of the late James Van Allen. Van Allen was the head of the physics department at the University of Iowa who discovered the radiation belts encircling Earth in 1958. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) The new name of the mission, previously called the Radiation Belt Storm Probes (RBSP), was...

Space Radiation Forecasts In Real Time
2012-10-16 14:06:24

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Astrophysicists have created the first online system for predicting and forecasting the radiation environment in near-Earth, lunar, and Martian space environments. The University of New Hampshire's Space Science Center (SSC) astrophysicists created the near real-time tool to provide critical information for potential manned missions to the moon and Mars. "If we send human beings back to the moon, and especially if we're able to go...

NASA Team Overcoming Image Degradation
2012-10-06 09:34:41

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports — Your Universe Online A NASA satellite studying the sun saw its view obstructed by Earth for a brief period of time each day throughout much of the month of September. Those eclipses had an unusual effect on the images captured by the probe immediately afterwards, the U.S. space agency revealed on Friday. NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) moved into what is known as its semi-annual eclipse phase from September 6 through September 29,...

Radiation Storm Belt Probes
2012-09-15 06:25:28

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online With the August 30 launch of the Radiation Storm Belt Probes (RSBP), the mission teams at NASA's Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station celebrated a job well done. The mission specialists at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) were celebrating too, but for many of them at Mission Operations Center (MOC) the job was just beginning. The first 60 days after launch are the commissioning phase of...

2012-08-30 06:20:25

BRISTOL, Pa., Aug. 30, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Exploring "space weather" - or changes in the Earth's space environment caused by the sun - means plunging into extremes of temperature, radiation and magnetic interference. When NASA's twin Radiation Belt Storm Probes enter these harsh conditions, DUNMORE Corporation multi-layer insulation (MLI) products will shield them from damage as they collect data and beam it back to scientists on Earth. The probes are exploring the kind of conditions...

2012-08-29 22:20:14

WASHINGTON, Aug. 30, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's Radiation Belt Storm Probes (RBSP), the first twin-spacecraft mission designed to explore our planet's radiation belts, launched into the predawn skies at 4:05a.m. EDT Thursday from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) "Scientists will learn in unprecedented detail how the radiation belts are populated with charged particles, what causes them to change and how these...

New Program Aims To Advance Scientific Understand Of Sun and Space Weather
2012-08-16 06:47:12

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new report from the National Research Council lays out four scientific goals for the next 10 years along with guiding principles and recommended actions. The prioritized program of basic and applied research for 2012-2022 is meant to advance scientific understanding of the sun, sun-Earth connections, the origins of space weather, and the sun's interactions with other bodies in the solar system. This second decadal survey is the...