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November 30, 2012

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Press Conference at AGU 2012 Fall Meeting to Discuss First Findings from the Van Allen Probes

Scientists from NASA’s Van Allen Probes mission will discuss some of their preliminary data at the American Geophysical Union (AGU) 2012 Fall Meeting in San Francisco, Ca. on Tue., Dec. 4 at 8:00 a.m. PST.

A press conference titled “New Findings, New Enigmas: NASA’s Van Allen Probes Begin their Exploration of the Radiation Belts” will cover reports from the particle and fields and waves teams, including discussion of the comparison of new empirical data to existing models, and new observations that will lead to new investigations.

Presenters will be:

-Daniel Baker, Principal Investigator, Van Allen Probes Relativistic Electron Proton Telescope
(REPT; part of the Energetic Particle, Composition, and Thermal Plasma Suite), Laboratory for
Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP) at the University of Colorado, Boulder

-Craig Kletzing, Principal Investigator, Van Allen Probes Electric and Magnetic Field
Instrument Suite and Integrated Science (EMFISIS), University of Iowa, Iowa City

-Joseph Mazur, Principal Investigator, Van Allen Probes Relativistic Proton Spectrometer
(RPS), Aerospace Corporation, Chantilly, Virginia

The press conference will be held in the Moscone Center in San Francisco, Room 3000, Moscone West, Level 3. It may be viewed remotely by following the instructions from the AGU here.

The twin Van Allen Probes (formerly the Radiation Belt Storm Probes), launched by NASA on August 30, 2012, are already delivering data of unprecedented detail, gathered within our planet’s dynamic radiation belts. The mission is the first to send two spacecraft to reside within the incredibly hostile environment of the belts, which are named for their discoverer, James Van Allen. Almost immediately following launch, the probes began to reveal fascinating new structures and surprising dynamics of the radiation belt region that have never before been observed.

Additionally, for attendees of the AGU 2012 Fall Meeting, applicable radiation belt science sessions are listed below.

SM24A. SM24A. From Observations of Waves and Fields to Understanding Energetic Particle Dynamics III
Convener(s): Robert Weigel (George Mason University), Yuri Shprits (UCLA), Jacob Bortnik (UCLA) and Jay Albert (AFRL)
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM; 2016 (Moscone West)

SM31C. Particle Acceleration, Transport, and Loss in the Radiation Belts and Ring Current I Posters
Convener(s): Barry Mauk (Johns Hopkins University), Ramona Kessel (NASA Headquarters) and David Sibeck (NASA/GSFC)
8:00 AM - 12:20 PM; Hall A-C (Moscone South)

SM34A. Van Allen Lecture - Magnetospheric Exploration: Basic Research with a High Public Purpose
Daniel N. Baker
Convener(s): Jan Sojka (Utah State University) and James Klimchuk (NASA/GSFC)
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM; 2022-2024 (Moscone West)

SM42B. Particle Acceleration, Transport, and Loss in the Radiation Belts and Ring Current II (Video On-Demand)
Convener(s): Barry Mauk (Johns Hopkins University), Shrikanth Kanekal (NASA GSFC) and Ramona Kessel (NASA Headquarters)
10:20 AM - 12:20 PM; 2022-2024 (Moscone West)

SM43E. Particle Acceleration, Transport, and Loss in the Radiation Belts and Ring Current III
Convener(s): Ramona Kessel (NASA Headquarters), George Hospodarsky (Univ Iowa) and David Sibeck (NASA/GSFC)
1:40 PM - 3:40 PM; 2016 (Moscone West)

SM44A. Particle Acceleration, Transport, and Loss in the Radiation Belts and Ring Current IV
Convener(s): David Sibeck (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center) and Barry Mauk (Johns Hopkins University)
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM; 2016 (Moscone West)


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