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Cover: Ground track of ISS orbits superposed on a globe along with polar cap areas (shown in yellow), where multimega-electron volt solar energetic particles penetrated to low altitudes during an SPE in November 1997. (Image courtesy of R.A. Leske, R.A. Mewaldt, E.C. Stone, and T.T. von Rosenvinge, “Geomagnetic Cutoff Variations During Solar Energetic Particle Events—Implications for the Space Station,” Proceedings of the 25th International Cosmic Ray Conference, 2, Space Research Unit, Department of Physics, Potchefstroom University for Christian Higher Education, South Africa, 1997, p. 381.)

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