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NASA’s Van Allen Probes Begin Final Phase of Exploration in Earth's Radiation Belts

12 Feb 2019, 14:26 UTC
NASA’s Van Allen Probes Begin Final Phase of Exploration in Earth's Radiation Belts Johns Hopkins APL

Two tough, resilient, NASA spacecraft have been orbiting Earth for the past six and a half years, flying repeatedly through a hazardous zone of charged particles around our planet called the Van Allen radiation belts. The twin Van Allen Probes, launched in August 2012, have confirmed scientific theories and revealed new structures and processes at work in these dynamic regions. Now, they're starting a new and final phase in their exploration.

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