In Pictures: NASA's hot radiation mission

NASA is set to launch its Radiation Belt Storm Probes (RBSP) to explore the most intense areas of radiation around Earth

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NASA says particles from the radiation belts can penetrate into spacecraft and disrupt electronics, short circuits or upset memory on computers. The particles are also dangerous to astronauts traveling through the region. NASA said it needs models to help predict hazardous events in the belts, and that RBSP will help solve that problem. The most intense area of radiation within the outer belt is between about 9,000-12,000 miles above Earth's surface.

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