Volume 90 Issue 37 | p. 22 | Concentrates
Issue Date: September 10, 2012

NASA Sends Probes To Van Allen Belts

Department: Government & Policy
Keywords: Van Allen Belts, NASA, APL, Applied Physics Laboratory

Riding atop an Atlas V rocket, NASA’s twin Radiation Belt Storm Probes (RBSP) were launched from Cape Canaveral, Fla., on Aug 30. The RBSP program will explore the Van Allen belts, which consist of charged cosmic particles that become trapped in Earth’s magnetic field. It will also study how the belts change in response to space weather such as solar storms. The Van Allen belts, akin to the . . .

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