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Van Allen Probes

NASA has officially renamed the recently launched mission to study Earth's radiation belts the Van Allen Probes, in honor of the late James Van Allen. Van Allen was the head of the physics department at the University of Iowa who is recognized for his discovery in 1958 of radiation belts encircling Earth, and was a pioneer staffer at The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) in Laurel, Md., which built the probes and manages the mission for NASA.

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