TOKYO, Nov. 15 (Xinhua) -- Japan will launch a satellite next month to study high energy electrons in geospace, announced Japanese space agency on Tuesday.
The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) said it will launch the satellite named the Exploration of energization and Radiation in Geospace (ERG) aboard a second-generation Epsilon rocket.
The launch time is scheduled to be between 8 p.m. (1100 GMT) and 9 p.m.(1200 GMT) on Dec. 20 and the launch site will be at Uchinoura Space Center in Kimotsuki in Japan's southwestern Kagoshima prefecture, according to JAXA.
Geospace is the region of outer space near the Earth. The radiation belt called the "Van Allen radiation belt" lies within the geospace, and the belt captures a huge volume of highly charged energy particles that exceed mega electron volts.
This project aims at elucidating how highly charged electrons have been born while they generate and vanish repeatedly along with space storms, said JAXA.