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Posted July 26. 2013 11:19AM

UNH instrument provides NASA insights into 'killer electrons' that damage satellites

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"Energetic electrons in the Van Allen radiation belts have been implicated in past satellite failures and so they are often referred to as 'killer electrons'," says UNH astrophysicist Harlan Spence, co-author on the Science paper and principal investigator on the Energetic Particle, Composition, and Thermal Plasma (ECT) instrument suite on board the twin Van Allen Probe spacecraft that made the precision particle measurements.

More - http://www.sciencemag.org/content/early/2013/07/24/science.1237743