NASA's Radiation Belt Storm Probes mission is scheduled for launch early on Thursday morning, August 30. How and why? An ANS Nuclear Cafe double feature matinee:
Quite a lot of fascinating "right stuff" goes into getting a scientific mission into orbit. A behind-the-scenes look at Radiation Belt Storm Probes launch preparation:
Once these dual satellites are in orbit, the mission will allow us to better understand fundamental radiation and particle acceleration processes throughout the universe. So, what are the Van Allen Radiation belts, and what will the Radiation Belt Storm Probes do there?