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Scientists Discover Surprise in Earth's Upper Atmosphere


September 9, 2009

Heejeong Kim and Larry Lyons UCLA atmospheric scientists have discovered a previously unknown basic mode of energy transfer from the solar wind to the Earth's magnetosphere. The research, funded by the National Science Foundation, could improve the safety and reliability of spacecraft that operate in the upper atmosphere. Full Story

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