Absolutely stunning photography by Mike Kilian - The launch of NASA's twin Van Allen Radiation Belt Storm Probes atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas-V 401 rocket on August 30, 2012 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. - Check Up his personal portfolio at: http://www.mikekillianphotography.com/
Van Allen radiation belts http://phys.org/news/2014-03-nasa-van-allen-probes-space.html "Once we established the relationship between the chorus waves and the precipitating electrons, we can use the POES satellite constellation – which has quite a few satellites orbiting Earth and get really good coverage of the electrons coming out of the belts,"
The Earth's Song! NASA on Friday announced that its twin Radiation Belt Storm Probes had beamed back sounds of the electromagnetic plasma waves that reside within the Van Allen belt – layers of charged atomic particles that surround the Earth. Those waves produce what NASA is calling the “Earthsong,” or “chorus.”
The Explorer I satellite was America's first scientific satellite launched aboard the Jupiter C launch vehicle on January 31, 1958. The Explorer I carried the radiation detection experiment designed by Dr. James Van Allen and discovered the Van Allen Radiation Belt. Image: NASA/MSFC
Shock As Nasa Finds Mysterious 'Radiation Belt' Surrounding Earth