Twin NASA probes exploring radiation belts renamed to honor UI's Van Allen

Twin NASA probes exploring radiation belts renamed to honor UI's Van Allen

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Monday, November 12, 2012
TIME Magazine cover with image of UI physicist James Van Allen

NASA announced in a ceremony Friday that the recently launched mission studying the Van Allen Probes was renamed to honor the late James Van Allen, the head of the physics department at the University of Iowa who discovered the radiation belts encircling Earth in 1958.

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