Absence of Martian Radiation Belts and Implications Thereof

  title={Absence of Martian Radiation Belts and Implications Thereof},
  author={J. V. Van Allen and L. Frank and S. Krimigis and H. K. Hills},
  pages={1228 - 1233}
A system of sensitive particle detectors on Mariner IV showed the presence of electrons of energy (Ee) less than 40 kiloelectron volts out to a radial distance of 165,000 kilometers in the morning fringe of the earth's magnetosphere but failed to detect any such electrons during the close encounter with Mars on 14-15 July 1965, at the time when the minimum areocentric radial distance was 13,200 kilometers. This result can mean that the ratio of the magnetic dipole moment of Mars to that of the… Expand