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Jupiter's Radiation Belts: Can Pioneer 10 Survive?

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Science  07 Dec 1973:
Vol. 182, Issue 4116, pp. 1021-1022
DOI: 10.1126/science.182.4116.1021

Abstract

Model calculations of Jupiter's electron and proton radiation belts indicate that the Galilean satellites can reduce particle fluxes in certain regions of the inner magnetosphere by as much as six orders of magnitude. Average fluxes should be reduced by a factor of 100 or more along the Pioneer 10 trajectory through the heart of Jupiter's radiation belts in early December. This may be enough to prevent serious radiation damage to the spacecraft.

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