This sketch shows the various regions of Earth's magnetosphere, being investigated by ESA's Cluster mission. The position of the four satellites of the Cluster fleet is indicated by the red circle.
There is also a more sinister side to the electron diffusion regions. The accelerated particles can damage satellites by colliding with them and causing electrical charges to build up. These short circuit and destroy sensitive equipment.
The above story is based on materials provided by European Space Agency. Note: Materials may be edited for content and length.
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