The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


March 1, 2013

Van Allen probes spy third band of radiation before it disappears


“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..


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