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Van Allen Probes New View of the Radiation Belts

This visualization is constructed from some of the first data from the Van Allen Probes (formerly RBSP).

The belts are constructed from particle samples by the probes as they pass through the belt, so each 3-D snapshot corresponds to the outward or inward portion of the probes' orbit.

The major result from this early data is the recognition of a third radiation belt (the outer belt appears to actually be two belts).



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Visualization Credits

Tom Bridgman (GST): Lead Animator
Genna Duberstein (USRA): Producer
Shrikanth G. Kanekal (NASA/GSFC): Scientist
Dan Baker (University of Colorado): Scientist
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Van Allen Probes

Data Used:
Van Allen Probes/Energetic Particle, Composition, and Thermal Plasma Suite also referred to as: ECT
Observed Data - University of New Hampshire
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GCMD keywords can be found on the Internet with the following citation: Olsen, L.M., G. Major, K. Shein, J. Scialdone, S. Ritz, T. Stevens, M. Morahan, A. Aleman, R. Vogel, S. Leicester, H. Weir, M. Meaux, S. Grebas, C.Solomon, M. Holland, T. Northcutt, R. A. Restrepo, R. Bilodeau, 2013. NASA/Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Earth Science Keywords. Version