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Antarctica Campaign 1st Launch12.13.2010

BARREL - December 13, 2010/21:44 Z

Congratulations Dr. Robyn Millan, Dartmouth College

The payload will measure bremsstrahlung X-rays produced by precipitating radiation belt electrons as well as variations in Earth's magnetic field.

While the primary purpose of the mission is testing prototype hardware and launch procedures, the payload will study electron losses from the radiation belts in conjunction with the ongoing THEMIS satellite mission. Both practical NASA priorities (safety of astronauts and equipment in the radiation belts) and scientific ones (Space Sciences Steering Committee priorities in plasma physics and particle acceleration) will be addressed.


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