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The Van Allen Belts surrounding Earth were thought to be just two giant swaths of radiation, first discovered in 1958. More than a half-century later, NASA launched twin Van Allen Probes (August 30, 2012) to create a detailed map of the region and catalogue a variety of energies and particles in these radiation belts.
A smaller version of an instrument now flying on NASA’s Van Allen Probes has won a coveted spot aboard an upcoming NASA-sponsored Cubesat mission — the perfect platform for this pint-size, solid-state telescope.
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.
Media representatives are invited to attend a ceremony to announce the renaming of NASA's Radiation Belt Storm Probes (RBSP).
Earth is filled with many sounds, but there is one sound that most of us have never heard: the sound of the Earth itself.
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.
Van Allen Radiation Belt -- The Van Allen radiation belt is a torus of energetic charged particles around Earth, trapped by Earth's magnetic field. The presence of a radiation belt had been theorized prior to the Space Age and the belt's presence was confirmed by the Explorer I on January 31, 1958 and Explorer III missions, under Doctor James Van Allen. The trapped radiation was first mapped out by Explorer IV and Pioneer III. Qualitatively, it is useful to view this belt as consisting...