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News Archive / Tagged: Van Allen belt

  • Van Allen Probes detect barrier around Earth

    Paul KnightlyMay 20th, 2017

    New results from NASA's Van Allen Probes have revealed the impact humans have on the environment is not limited to physical and chemical effects on the Earth's surface, but it also includes radio frequencies extending out into space.

  • Japan’s Epsilon rocket sends Van Allen belt spacecraft into orbit

    Derek RichardsonDecember 20th, 2016

    Using an upgraded Epsilon rocket, Japan sent its Exploration of Energizing and Radiation in Geospace (ERG) spacecraft into a high-energy orbit that will repeatedly pass through the Van Allen belts to allow the probe to study how geomagnetic storms form. Liftoff from Kyushu Island took place at 8 p.m. Japan Standard Time (6 a.m. EST / 11:00 GMT).

  • NASA’s twin radiation detecting probes celebrate two years in orbit

    NASAAugust 30th, 2014

    NASA’s twin Van Allen Probes will celebrate two years of studying the sun’s influence on our planet and near-Earth space today. The probes, shortly after launch in August 2012, discovered a third radiation belt around Earth when only two had previously been detected.