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NASA - Earth's Safe Zone Became Hot Zone During Legendary Solar Storms
December 15, 2004

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Dr. Barbara Giles / LWS Geospace Program Scientist, NASA
Barbara Giles is the Living with a Star (LWS) Geospace Mission Program Scientist at NASA Headquarters. Her research interests have focused on the transport, dynamics, and source of charged particle populations within the terrestrial magnetosphere with particular emphasis on the ionosphere-magnetosphere coupling due to the ionospheric plasma contribution.

Dr. Dan Baker / Director of Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics, University of Colorado
Daniel N. Baker is Director of the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics, University of Colorado, Boulder Campus and is Professor of Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences. His primary research interest is the study of plasma physical and energetic particle phenomena in planetary magnetospheres and in the Earth's vicinity. He conducts research in space instrument design, space physics data analysis, and magnetospheric modeling. Dr. Baker has published over 600 papers in the refereed literature and is a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union and the International Academy of Astronautics. He presently serves on many national and international scientific committees including the Chairmanship of the National Research Council Committee on Solar and Space Physics and is an investigator on NASA's MESSENGER mission to Mercury. Dr. Baker has just stepped down as President of the Space Physics and Aeronomy section of the American Geophysical Union and he serves on advisory panels of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Science Foundation, and NASA.

Dr. Jerry Goldstein / Senior Research Scientist, Southwest Research Institute
Dr. Goldstein came to the Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) in 2003 after completing a three-year postdoc position at Rice University. His Ph.D thesis at Dartmouth College was a study of plasmaspheric cavity modes. At Rice, he studied the structure and dynamics of the plasmasphere using data from the IMAGE and Polar missions. Since arriving at SwRI, Dr. Goldstein has continued to study the inner magnetosphere including plasmasphere, ring current, and ionosphere.

Dr. Terry Onsager / Researcher, NOAA Space Environment Center
Terrance G. Onsager is group leader of the Solar Terrestrial Models and Theory Group at the NOAA Space Environment Center. His areas of research include Earth's radiation belts, solar energetic particles, and solar wind-magnetosphere-ionosphere interactions. He also is involved in the development and use of new models and data to improve operational space weather services for civilian and government applications. Dr. Onsager recently was a member of the National Research Council Solar and Space Physics Survey Panel on Education and Society and a member of the Committee on Assessment of the Role of Solar and Space Physics in NASA's Space Exploration Initiative.

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Van Allen radiation belts Van Allen radiation belts
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Plasmasphere (green) is blown out to the magnetopause Plasmasphere (green) is blown out to the magnetopause

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