In Pictures: NASA's hot radiation mission

NASA is set to launch its Radiation Belt Storm Probes (RBSP) to explore the most intense areas of radiation around Earth

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NASA says the Van Allen radiation belt mission's general scientific objectives are to: discover which processes accelerate and transport the particles in the radiation belt, and under what conditions; understand and quantify the loss of electrons from the radiation belts; determine the balance between the processes that cause electron acceleration and those that cause losses; understand how the radiation belts change in the context of geomagnetic storms.

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