1994 portrait of James Van Allen

NASA renames space mission to honor University of Iowa’s James Van Allen

Van Allen Probes mission honors Van Allen, University of Iowa
On Nov. 9, NASA renamed a recently launched mission to study Earth's Van Allen radiation belts as the Van Allen Probes mission in honor of the late James A. Van Allen, U.S. space pioneer and longtime distinguished professor of physics in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.