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1 Interplanetary Radiation on Fri Aug 31, 2012 5:22 pm

Due to the solar wind, there is supposed to be significantly higher levels of radiation in space than, what we're used to although, organisations such as NASA are coming up with techniques to deal with this such as plasma shielding although, it would take a while for the fruit of this to surface such as in a decades time or so.

What are your thoughts on manned spaceships spending significantly long periods of time around outer space in regards to radiation from the solar wind?

2 Re: Interplanetary Radiation on Fri Aug 31, 2012 5:57 pm

I actually never heard of this before.. where did you read this? I really don't know what to say about this topic, it's interesting.


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3 Re: Interplanetary Radiation on Fri Aug 31, 2012 6:03 pm

Leo wrote:I actually never heard of this before.. where did you read this? I really don't know what to say about this topic, it's interesting.
The Sun is always releasing loads of radiation with a significant portion of it being deflected by Earth's magnetic field and a significant portion of the remainder being absorbed by the atmosphere and the ozone layer contributes to that as well.

That's basically known as the solar wind which is said to have stripped away Mercury's atmosphere and the majority of Mars' atmosphere.

The plasma shielding is more or less humans attempting to make a small scale version of the magnetosphere which we have around the Earth protecting it in order to protect humans onboard manned spaceships outside the range of Earth's magnetic field which covers low earth orbit where the space stations are.

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