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NASA Rockets Study Why Tech Goes Haywire Near Poles

22 Nov 2019, 15:00 UTC
NASA Rockets Study Why Tech Goes Haywire Near Poles Andøya Space Center/Trond Abrahamsen

Each second, 1.5 million tons of solar material shoot off of the Sun and out into space, traveling at hundreds of miles per second. Known as the solar wind, this incessant stream of plasma, or electrified gas, has pelted Earth for more than 4 billion years. Thanks to our planet’s magnetic field, it’s mostly deflected away. But head far enough north, and you’ll find the exception.

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