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Cosmic Ray Space Mystery That Baffled Scientists for 60 Years Solved by College Kids With a Tiny Satellite
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
For six decades, scientists have been looking for a bunch of electrons hiding near Earth but haven't been able to find them. Those elusive particles have finally been spotted—and by a team composed mainly of college students armed with a satellite the size of a shoebox. “We are reporting the first direct detection of these energetic electrons near the inner edge of Earth’s radiation belt,” lead author Xinlin Li, who studies Earth's space environment at the University of Colorado Boulder. The hidden electrons are the product of a process called cosmic ray albedo neutron decay. read more


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