Into the Van Allen Belts

NASA's twin Radiation Belt Storm Probes launched aboard an Atlas V rocket at 4:05 a.m. EDT after a smooth countdown at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. (Image Credit: Applied Physics Laboratory)

On August 30, the NASA’s Radiation Belt Storm Probes were launched to study (and fly in) the Van Allen Radiation Belts.

Most spacecraft try to avoid the Van Allen Belts, two doughnut-shaped regions around Earth filled with “killer electrons.” This morning NASA launched two heavily-shielded spacecraft directly into the belts. The Radiation Belt Storm Probes are on a two-year mission to study the Van Allen Belts and to unravel the mystery of their unpredictability. …(NASA)

NASA’s twin Radiation Belt Storm Probes launched aboard an Atlas V rocket at 4:05 a.m. EDT after a smooth countdown at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. (Image Credit: Applied Physics Laboratory)

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