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Questions tagged [van-allen-belt]

Questions regarding the van Allen radiation belts around the Earth.

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Is the ISS in danger of the outer radiation belt?

Is the ISS in danger of the outer radiation belt? I know that the ISS is in the low earth orbit and that it briefly passes through the base of the outer RB, but it is actually in danger? How does the ...
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Is Radiation in the Van Allen Belt Anisotropic?

The particle radiation in the Van Allen Belt consists of charged particles (mostly protons in the inner belt, electrons in the outer belt). The charged particles move in helical trajectories along ...
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Why did the Tesla Roadster spend time in the Van Allen belt?

Following the Falcon Heavy launch, the second stage + Roadster payload spent a number of hours 'drifting' through the Van Allen belt before performing the burn to put it into its current orbit. Elon ...
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Distance between Kármán Line and Van Allen Belt

What is the distance between the Kármán line and the Van Allen Belt?
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What kinds of radiation hit the ISS?

Does Earth's magnetic field block (or divert) only lower energy radiation while the hardest, high speed heavy ions, run through to LEO? Are the hardest rays dampened? Do the van Allen Belts, not far ...
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Is it still called a Van Allen radiation belt if it's around another planet?

Earth has (at least) 2 radiation belts called the Van Allen belts. Jupiter has similar radiation belt(s). Are they still called Van Allen belts around other planets? Edit: The reason I ask is every ...
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What is the space environment between Van Allen belts like?

Van Allen belts contain high energy electrons and protons, but what about the area between the belts? Is it "regular" space, just like it is past the belts? Anything interesting going on there? "Just"...
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If I spend one day beyond the Van Allen belt in an unshielded craft/spacesuit how much radiation will I be exposed to?

I am guessing it's about the same as having a medical X-ray each day, is this about right?
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Space Elevator Hurdle: Can you ground out the Van Allen belts?

Problem One of the biggest problems of a space elevator concept is that the elevator would have to be centered on the equator, and its tethers would pass through the Van Allen belts that contain ...
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How quickly do the Van Allen radiation belts degrade solar panels?

I heard the other day that to take cargo from Earth to a Lagrange point or the Moon using solar electric propulsion would be a problem because the Van Allen radiation belts would degrade the solar ...