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NASA's Van Allen Probes Detect Life-Protective Electron Barrier Inside Earth's Radiation Belts

A visualization of the Earth’s radiation belts, based on data that were gathered by NASA’s twin Van Allen probes. The Earth is seen to be surrounded by the plasmapause (blue-green area) and the two main radiation belts further out (multi-color area). The boundary between the plasmapause and the inner edge of the outer belt […]

Van Allen Probes Mission Discovers Third Earth Radiation Belt

Artist’s concept of the Van Allen Probes—formerly known as the Radiation Belt Storm Probes (RBSP)—at work, high above Earth. Image Credit: NASA

Six months after their launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., NASA’s twin Van Allen Probes have discovered a third radiation belt girdling the Earth. Published by the journal Science, the […]

Canaveral's Hidden Treasure: The Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Public Tour

The United States Air Force offers a free tour to guests that encompasses some of the most historic locations at Cape Canaveral. Photo Credit: AmericaSpace / Jason Rhian

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla – With the current economic reality, many planning vacations along Florida’s Space Coast are having to scale back their plans. It turns out […]

Looking Back-Looking Forward: 50 Years with NASA

The past year saw NASA move away from the space shuttle program, continue its exploration efforts, and pursue paths that would return crews to deep space exploration missions. Images Courtesy of NASA and Wired4Space

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla – For the past 50 years, NASA has been responsible for achievements in space—and on Earth. In […]

NASA’s RBSP Renamed in Honor of James Van Allen

The Radiation Storm Belt Probes mission has been renamed the Van Allen Probes, in honor of James Van Allen, the discoverer of the two belts which encircle our world. Photo Credit: ULA / Pat Corkery

NASA has conducted one of the most eloquent no-brainers in history. The space agency has renamed its Radiation Storm […]

AmericaSpace Photographer has Image Selected by NASA APOD

Photo Credit: Mike Killian – AmericaSpace / ARES Institute

AmericaSpace photographer Mike Killian took this time-elapsed shot from the recent launch of an Atlas V 401 rocket with the Radiation Belt Storm Probes spacecraft onboard. NASA Astronomy Picture of the Day (NASA APOD). The picture shows a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas rocket – […]

RBSP Rides ULA Atlas V to 'Storm' Heaven's Secrets

Photo Credit: Mike Killian – ARES Institute / AmericaSpace

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla — NASA’s twin Radiation Belt Storm Probes (RBSP) satellites slowly, steadily rode a Atlas V 401 launch vehicle to orbit Saturday, Aug. 30 at 4:05 a.m. EDT from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s Space Launch Complex 41 (SLC-41). This is the second scientific mission launched […]

Range Issues Foil RBSP

Image Credit: Mike Killian – AmericaSpace / ARES Institute

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla — NASA and United Launch Alliance (ULA) were all set to launch the Radiation Belt Storm Probe mission from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s Space Launch Complex-41 in Florida – but it was not to be. Weather was not an issue with […]

ULA Ready to Launch NASA's Radiation Belt Storm Probe Satellites

In this image, captured by Julian Leek, the Atlas V 401 rocket exits United Launch Alliance’s Vertical Integration Facility in Florida on its way to the launch pad. Launch is currently scheduled for 4:07 a.m. EDT on Aug. 23. Photo Credit: Julian Leek / Blue Sawtooth Studios

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla — This morning at […]

Launch Viewing Guide: Atlas-V Rocket To Launch NASA's RBSP Mission Friday

Credit: NASA

Image Credit: NASA

NASA’s Radiation Belt Storm Probes (RBSP) mission is scheduled to launch atop a 19-story tall Atlas-V rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Launch Complex 41 early Friday morning, August 24.  This particular Atlas-V rocket will fly in the 401 vehicle configuration with no solid rocket boosters and a single-engine Centaur […]