The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

Technology

March 1, 2013

Van Allen probes spy third band of radiation before it disappears

(Continued)

“We don’t know why we haven’t seen this before,” said Kanekal, a co-author of a new report online in Science describing the find. “We don’t know if it’s a rare phenomenon. Even after 50 years, nature is still capable of surprising us.”

Being able to predict such sudden increases in near-Earth radiation could help steer future human space missions away from dangerous doses.

The twin octagon-shaped Van Allen Probes were built for NASA by the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Md..

 

Text Only
Technology

Technology