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Spacecraft Launches to Sun, Still a Mystery

A spacecraft just took off on a mission to the sun, but not to worry; it went at night.

Van Allen Belts Protect Earth from Solar Wind

Geophysicists are still puzzling over how the earth's magnetic field and Van Allen radiation belts protect the surface from deadly particles in the solar wind.

Explorer 1 Pioneer Corrects Mistakes in Space.com Article

Dr Henry Richter, instrument manager for the Explorer 1 mission (1958), corrects some mistakes about the mission in an article published at Space.com

Earth’s Magnetic Field Protects Us from Solar Sneezes

By capturing solar 'sneezes' of high-energy charged particles, the Van Allen Belts provide a prime example of how the earth and its space environment are designed to allow and protect life.

Thank Van Allen's Belts and Richter's Rockets

Invisible shields above the Earth protect us all from dangerous radiation. New space probes explore how they do it.

Juno How Old the Solar System Is?

Everyone knows the solar system is 4.5 billion years old. Everyone, that is, except Nature herself.

Only Earth Is a Life Haven

Here are more discoveries that make it reasonable to think complex life is rare in the universe, and might be unique to Earth.

Physical and Geological Hurdles on the Darwinian Race

Can the smooth big-bang-to-brain story of evolution jump the physical and geological hurdles along the way?

Star Trek for Real: Impenetrable Force Field Protects Earth

Radiation belts discovered at the dawn of the space age have a new trick in their pocket: shielding the Earth.
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