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Sun, Dec 25, 2011

ANN's Daily Aero-Term (12.25.11): Van Allen Belt

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Van Allen Belt

A region containing charged particles trapped in the Earth’s magnetic force field (magnetosphere). The belt’s lower boundary begins at about 800 kilometers (496 miles) above the Earth’s surface and extends thousands of kilometers into space.

FMI: www.nasa.gov

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