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Podcaster: Fraser Cain 

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Title: Guide to Space: What Are the Van Allen Belts? And How Can We Get Past Them?

Organization: Universe Today

Link: www.universetoday.com

Description: The Van Allen Belts surround the Earth with deadly radiation. What can we do to get past them and escape into deep space?

Good news everyone, there’s a magnetic force field surrounding the Earth and protecting it from harmful radiation from space. Deadly solar radiation streaming from the Sun and cosmic rays coming from other stars are stopped dead in their tracks by this protective magnetosphere. But also bad news, this force field is a swirling donut-shaped field of deadly deadly radiation. Any astronauts wanting to go to deep space will need to pass through this region, and take an increased dose of radiation. I’m talking, of course, about the Earth’s Van Allen Belts.

Bio: Fraser Cain is the publisher of Universe Today

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