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Top Science of 2013

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Space probes predict hazards to protect spacecraft


Researchers think they’ve solved a 50-year-old space mystery about how electrons within the Van Allen radiation belts that surround our planet can become energetic enough to cripple orbiting satellites.

With data collected by space-probe instruments, they discovered how electromagnetic radio waves cause electrons in these belts to greatly accelerate, phenomenon witnessed for the first time. Such results may help make space weather forecasting possible (and accurate).

Read more about space-probe instruments and space weather research at Los Alamos: