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NASA Spacecraft Fly in Record-setting Formation
09.21.16 – Four NASA spacecraft have performed a thrilling maneuver to understand the physics of explosive reconnection in Earth's magnetosphere.

Escape of the Destructive Electrons
12.14.15 – Earth is surrounded by electrons that can be disruptive to our technology. NASA is using high-altitude balloons and spacecraft to monitor and understand these particles in the radiation belts surrounding our planet.

Carrington-class CME Narrowly Misses Earth
05.02.14 – Last month (April 8-11), scientists, government officials, emergency planners and others converged on Boulder, Colorado, for NOAA's Space Weather Workshop—an annual gathering to discuss the perils and probabilities of solar storms.

Van Allen Probes Discover a New Radiation Belt
02.28.13 – Earth's radiation belts were one of the first discoveries of the Space Age. A new finding published in today's issue of Science shows that we still have much to learn about them. NASA's twin Van Allen Probes, launched just last August, have revealed a previously unknown third radiation belt around Earth.

Solar Storm Dumps Gigawatts into Earth's Upper Atmosphere
03.22.12 – A recent flurry of eruptions on the sun did more than spark pretty auroras around the poles. NASA-funded researchers say the solar storms of March 8th through 10th dumped enough energy in Earth's upper atmosphere to power every residence in New York City for two years.

Joint Air Force-NASA Mission To Study High-radiation Orbits
04.18.11 – The U.S. Air Force and NASA are on track to launch a joint satellite mission next year to study how radiation affects space hardware in some of the most rarely used and unpredictable Earth orbits. (Space News)

Build-up of static electricity turned satellite into zombie
01.14.11 – In a remarkable reversal of fortune, Intelsat is on the verge of returning a crippled communications satellite to service over North America, company officials said Thursday. (Spaceflight Now)

Space radiation hits record high
09.29.10 – Like a wounded Starship Enterprise, our solar system's natural shields are faltering, letting in a flood of cosmic rays. The sun's recent listlessness is resulting in record-high radiation levels that pose a hazard to both human and robotic space missions. (NewScientist)

A Solar Tsunami
08.06.10 – After oversleeping for more than a year, our star is finally stirring from hibernation. Experts don't expect solar activity to peak until until mid-2013 (and a weak one at that), but the signs of awakening are clearly evident. (SKY and Telescope)

Space Weather Turns into an International Problem
07.16.10 – That’s the message scientists are delivering at today’s International Living With a Star (ILWS) meeting in Bremen, Germany, and representatives from more than 25 of the world’s most technologically-advanced nations have gathered to hear what they have to say.

As the Sun Awakens, NASA Keeps a Wary Eye on Space Weather
06.04.10 – Earth and space are about to come into contact in a way that's new to human history. To make preparations, authorities in Washington DC are holding a meeting: The Space Weather Enterprise Forum at the National Press Club on June 8th.

First Light for the Solar Dynamics Observatory
04.21.10 – At a press conference today in Washington DC, researchers unveiled “First Light” images from NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory, a space telescope designed to study the sun.

NASA’s Solar Dynamic Observatory producing sun science that doubles as eye candy
04.21.10 – A new sun-studying satellite had its coming-out party Wednesday, when scientists involved in the project presented early imagery and videos from the spacecraft's instruments at a news conference at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. (Scientific America)

Orbital Blames Galaxy 15 Failure on Solar Storm
04.20.10 – The in-orbit failure of the Orbital Sciences-built Intelsat Galaxy 15 telecommunications satellite April 5 was likely caused by unusually violent solar activity that week that damaged the spacecraft’s ability to communicate with ground controllers, Orbital officials said April 20. (Science News)

Solar Storms and Radiation Exposure on Commercial Flights
12.15.09 – Scientists at NASA’s Langley Research Center have completed a first attempt to accurately calculate the level of damaging radiation flight crews and passengers are exposed to on commercial airline flights.

Source of “Killer Electrons” in Space Discovered, Study Says
07.17.07 – Scientists have discovered the force that creates “killer electrons,” particles that pose a significant hazard to spacecraft and astronauts. (National Geographic News)

‘Space Weather’ Forecasting Gets a Cosmic Boost
03.05.07 – Weather forecasting just isn't what it used to be. (Washington Post Staff Writer, Marc Kaufman)

Space Radiation Health Project
05.13.04 – The purpose and vision of NASA’s Space Radiation Health Project (SRHP) is to achieve human exploration and development of space without exceeding an acceptable level of risk from exposure to space radiation.

Fire Away, Sun and Stars! Shields to Protect Future Space Crews
01.14.04 – Last fall, the Sun was busy. It wasn’t just bringing us light and warmth — it was busy exploding!