For now, these newest satellites are called A and B. After a two-month checkout, NASA plans to give them real names.
Perhaps Van and Allen? That's what Fox calls them "because they're close to my heart."
Van Allen was 91 and dying when the Radiation Belt Storm Probes won approval in 2006. How would the late Van Allen feel about the endeavor?
"Very pumped up," Kletzing said.
It took NASA three tries to launch the spacecraft. Last week's attempts were thwarted by trouble with a tracking beacon on the Atlas V rocket and then stormy weather. NASA opted to wait until the passage of Hurricane Isaac before trying again.
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