02.28.13 - Shortly after the Van Allen Probes launched to study the radiation belts around Earth, they saw something no one had ever seen before: a new configuration, showing an extra, third belt extending out into space.
02.28.13 - Earth's radiation belts were one of the first discoveries of the Space Age. A new finding published in today's issue of Science shows that we still have much to learn about them.
02.04.13 - Just 96 days since launch, the Van Allen Probes have already provided new insights into the structure and behavior of the radiation belts that surround Earth.
12.05.12 - Just 96 days since launch, the Van Allen Probes have already provided new insights into the structure and behavior of the radiation belts that surround Earth.
11.09.12 - On Nov. 9, 2012, NASA announced that to honor the scientist who helped launch the field of magnetospheric science, the Radiation Belt Storm Probes will be renamed the Van Allen Probes.
11.01.12 - NASA's first small explorer, SAMPEX, has studied the zoo of particles and cosmic rays surrounding Earth since 1992. In early Nov., 2012, the spacecraft's orbit will decay enough that SAMPEX will re-enter Earth's atmosphere.
09.12.12 - Immediately after launch, RBSP entered a 60-day commissioning phase of operations, where all of the spacecrafts’ systems and instruments are activated, monitored, and made ready for the two-year primary science mission.
09.13.12 - Radio waves, recorded by RBSP's EMFISIS instrument, are at frequencies that are audible to the human ear and are emitted by the energetic particles in the Earth’s magnetosphere.
09.12.12 - Just three days after launch, live data of the particles in the Van Allen radiation belts from the two RBSP spacecraft, provides full science data right out of the box.
08.30.12 - NASA's Radiation Belt Storm Probes are flying in Earth orbit after a successful liftoff this morning. The spacecraft are now at home in the Van Allen belts.
08.20.12 - Radiation Belt Storm Probes will study Earth's ever-changing radiation belts in greater detail than ever before.
07.18.12 - Two giant donuts of radiation surround Earth, trapped in a region known as the Van Allen Radiation Belts. NASA's RBSP mission will study the material, called plasma, in this mysterious region.
05.29.12 - Dartmouth scientists are building 45 payloads--each destined for a trip on a balloon around Antarctica as part of NASA'S BARREL mission.
05.02.12 - NASA's twin Radiation Belt Storm Probes arrived May 1, 2012 at the KSC, where launch is scheduled for an August to begin their mission to study the extremes of space weather.
01.30.12 - Filled with electrons and charged particles, the radiation belts regularly swell and shrink, but no one is quite sure how. A new study sheds light on how those radiation particles escape.
08.15.11 - What were once bare black octagonal boxes are now recognizable as full-fledged spacecraft, each laden with propulsion systems, power and avionics systems. NASA has approved a new launch readiness date of August 15, 2012.
02.22.11 - A successful test launch in Antarctica for BARREL (Balloon Array for RBSP Relativistic Electron Losses) shows how it will will work hand in hand with the Radiation Belt Space Probes mission.
12.21.10 - NASA and the National Science Foundation launched Monday a scientific balloon to study the effects of cosmic rays on Earth. The launch is one of five scientific balloons scheduled to launch from Antarctica in December.
05.07.09 - Electrons – the particles that carry electricity – can both protect and disrupt your satellite TV or GPS navigator with a "song".