Preface

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TitlePreface
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsFox, NJ, Burch, JL
JournalSpace Science Reviews
Volume179
Issue1-4
Pagination1-2
Date Published11/2013
ISSN0038-6308
KeywordsRBSP; Van Allen Probes
AbstractThe discovery of the Van Allen radiation belts in 1958, starting with data from the United States’ first two successful orbiting spacecraft, Explorer’s I and III, was an astounding surprise and represented the founding of what we now call magnetospheric physics. Since that time many spacecraft have traversed the radiation belts en route to other more distant parts of Earth’s magnetosphere and other worlds beyond Earth’s orbit. After initial climatological models of the radiation belts were obtained in the 1960’s and early 1970’s, the main concern about them was the ability of spacecraft and astronauts to survive their intense radiation. And yet there were true scientific mysteries to be solved, glimpses of which came in the 1990’s from spacecraft like CRRES and SAMPEX. CRRES observed the unexpected creation of a brand new radiation belt and also a variety of unanticipated features including peculiar distributions of strong electric fields deep within the belts during geomagnetic storms
URLhttp://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs11214-013-9997-2
DOI10.1007/s11214-013-9997-2
Short TitleSpace Sci Rev


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