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Radiation Belt Storm Probes: Resolving Fundamental Physics with Practical ConsequencesThe fundamental processes that energize, transport, and cause the loss of charged particles operate throughout the universe at locations as diverse as magnetized planets, the solar wind, our Sun, and other stars. The same processes operate within our immediate environment, the Earth's radiation belts. The Radiation Belt Storm Probes (RBSP) mission will provide coordinated two-spacecraft observations to obtain understanding of these fundamental processes controlling the dynamic variability of the near-Earth radiation environment. In this paper we discuss some of the profound mysteries of the radiation belt physics that will be addressed by RBSP and briefly describe the mission and its goals.
Document ID
20110022964
Document Type
Reprint (Version printed in journal)
Authors
Ukhorskiy, Aleksandr Y. (Johns Hopkins Univ. Laurel, MD, United States)
Mauk, Barry H. (Johns Hopkins Univ. Laurel, MD, United States)
Fox, Nicola J. (Johns Hopkins Univ. Laurel, MD, United States)
Sibeck, David G. (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Greenbelt, MD, United States)
Grebowsky, Joseph M. (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Greenbelt, MD, United States)
Date Acquired
August 25, 2013
Publication Date
July 1, 2011
Publication Information
Publication: Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics
Volume: 73
Issue: 12-Nov
Subject Category
Geophysics
Report/Patent Number
GSFC.JA.5146.2011
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
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