Outer space is a dangerous place—if the deep cold doesn't get you, the cosmic rays will. Luckily, Earth has its own pair of radiation belts that shield us from the kinds of high-energy particles that would wreak havoc on living things and delicate electronics the first time they had the chance. But there's an area of our planet where those protective belts turn on us. That area is known as the South Atlantic Anomaly.
The Van Allen Belts
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Written by Curiosity Staff January 24, 2017
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