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Space Weather Forecasts Can Give Satellites 1 Day of Warning When a Killer Solar Storm is Inbound

April 11, 2019

Earth’s fleet of satellites is in a vulnerable position. When solar activity increases, high-energy particles are directed toward…
NASA’s Van Allen Probes Begin Final Phase of Exploration in Earth’s Radiation Belts

February 13, 2019

Two tough, resilient, NASA spacecraft have been orbiting Earth for the past six and a half years, flying…
The Case of the Relativistic Particles Solved with NASA Missions

May 30, 2018

Encircling Earth are two enormous rings — called the Van Allen radiation belts — of highly energized ions…
Shoebox-sized cube satellite to study Earth’s inner radiation belt

March 14, 2018

A NASA-funded cube satellite built and operated by University of Colorado Boulder researchers will study the inner radiation…
How a student satellite solved a major space mystery

December 14, 2017

A 60-year-old mystery regarding the source of some energetic and potentially damaging particles in Earth’s radiation belts is…
FIREBIRD II and NASA Mission Locate Whistling Space Electrons’ Origins

November 19, 2017

Scientists have long known that solar-energized particles trapped around the planet are sometimes scattered into Earth’s upper atmosphere…
NASA Mission Surfs through Waves in Space to Understand Space Weather

July 25, 2017

The space surrounding our planet is full of restless charged particles and roiling electric and magnetic fields, which…
NASA Spacecraft Investigate Clues in Radiation Belts

March 28, 2017

High above Earth, two giant rings of energetic particles trapped by the planet’s magnetic field create a dynamic…
Relativistic Electrons Uncovered with NASA’s Van Allen Probes

March 16, 2017

Earth’s radiation belts, two doughnut-shaped regions of charged particles encircling our planet, were discovered more than 50 years…
NASA’s Van Allen Probes Catch Rare Glimpse of Supercharged Radiation Belt

August 16, 2016

Our planet is nestled in the center of two immense, concentric doughnuts of powerful radiation: the Van Allen…
Space tsunami causes third Van Allen belt

June 22, 2016

Earth’s magnetosphere, the region of space dominated by Earth’s magnetic field, protects our planet from the harsh battering…
NASA’s Van Allen Probes Revolutionize View of Radiation Belts

January 20, 2016

About 600 miles from Earth’s surface is the first of two donut-shaped electron swarms, known as the Van…
Flight teams prepare for LISA pathfinder liftoff

November 29, 2015

Following months of intensive training, mission controllers for the LISA Pathfinder gravitational wave detection testbed will complete a…
BARREL Team Arrives in Sweden for Balloon Mini-Campaign

August 12, 2015

In early August, scientists from the NASA-funded Balloon Array for Radiation belt Relativistic Electron Losses, or BARREL, mission…
Collaboration reveals new X-ray actions

July 25, 2015

Potentially destructive high-energy electrons streak into Earth’s atmosphere from space, not as Shakespeare’s “gentle rain from heaven,” but…
Seniors to reenact Van Allen radiation belt experiments

May 14, 2015

A group of University of Iowa seniors is preparing to reenact the famed discovery of James Van Allen,…
Plasma shield: Earth’s “plasmaspheric hiss” protects against a harmful radiation belt

November 27, 2014

High above Earth’s atmosphere, electrons whiz past at close to the speed of light. Such ultrarelativistic electrons, which…
Star Trek-like invisible shield found thousands of miles above Earth

November 27, 2014

A team led by the University of Colorado Boulder has discovered an invisible shield some 7,200 miles above…
NASA’s Van Allen Probes Spot an Impenetrable Barrier in Space

November 27, 2014

Two donuts of seething radiation that surround Earth, called the Van Allen radiation belts, have been found to…
NASA Probes Studying Earth’s Radiation Belts to Celebrate Two Year Anniversary

September 1, 2014

NASA’s twin Van Allen Probes will celebrate on Saturday two years of studying the sun’s influence on our…
Van Allen Probes Show How to Accelerate Electrons

July 16, 2014

One of the great, unanswered questions for space weather scientists is just what creates two gigantic donuts of…
NASA’s BARREL Returns Successful from Antarctica

April 25, 2014

Three months, 20 balloons, and one very successful campaign: The team for NASA’s BARREL – short for Balloon…
Update: NASA Spacecraft Reveal New “Zebra Stripes” Structure in Earth’s Inner Radiation Belt

March 20, 2014

Scientists have discovered a new, persistent structure in Earth’s inner radiation belt using data from the twin NASA…
NJIT Physicist Helps to Discover a New Structure in Earth’s Radiation Belt

March 20, 2014

An NJIT physicist is a collaborator in the discovery of a new structure in Earth’s inner radiation belt…
Van Allen Probes Reveal Zebra Stripes in Space

March 20, 2014

Scientists have discovered a new, persistent structure in one of two radiation belts surrounding Earth. NASA’s twin Van…
NASA-funded Science Balloons Launch in Antarctica

February 5, 2014

In the bright light of Antarctica’s summer sun, a NASA mission launched its first 18 science balloons between…
More BARREL Balloons Take to the Skies

January 3, 2014

The second year of an unprecedented balloon campaign in Antarctica has just begun. The NASA-funded mission – called…
Van Allen Probes Shed Light on Decades-old Mystery

December 23, 2013

New research using data from NASA’s Van Allen Probes mission helps resolve decades of scientific uncertainty over the…
CERN, eat your heart out? Research team helps identify an interstellar particle accelerator

December 6, 2013

Newly released research in Nature Communications from the University of Alberta has identified the existence of a giant cosmic accelerator…
New Observations from NASA’s Van Allen Probes Offer Solution to Radiation Belts Mystery

December 5, 2013

In 1958, scientists discovered two gigantic belts of radiation around Earth that have provided tantalizing mysteries to researchers…
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