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NASA Selects APL to Build Radiation Belt Storm Probe Satellites
NASA announced Monday the Johns Hopkins University-Applied Physics Laboratory, Laurel, Md., will manage the development and operations of two satellites for the Living With a Star Radiation Belt Storm Probe mission.

The spacecraft will be launched in 2012. Selections of science instruments will be announced later this year. The mission will investigate the interactions of the Earth's radiation belts and magnetic fields with solar storms.

The science results will be used to develop space weather predictions much the same way Earth's weather is predicted. Increased knowledge of the effects of space weather will permit better design and operations of new technology on Earth and in space.

This mission is the second in the Living With a Star Program. The first mission, the Solar Dynamics Observatory, is planned for launch in 2008 and will investigate solar variability. For information about the Living With a Star Program, visit: + Living With a Star site

Erica Hupp
Headquarters, Washington, DC