How does the solar wind affect astronauts aboard the International Space Station?

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  • 3 weeks ago
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    It's more or less protected by Earth's magnetic field, although there was one instance I read from one of the US astronauts on board the Russian Mir space station... 

    It was his sleeping period, and he closed his eyes - and say an amazing light show going on. He went & found the two Russians on board with him, and they said, "Oh, yeah - that happens every now and then... it's when there's a solar flare, and Earth's magnetic field flips around - there are particles that hit & activate the nerves of your eye - and you see 'fireworks.'  They told him to relax and enjoy the show... 

  • 3 weeks ago

    Very little

    Unless they had a 30 Square Mile sized Sail attached to them

  • Mark
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    3 weeks ago

    It doesn't, really.  #1, the ISS is in low Earth Orbit, below the van Allen Radiation Belt, which deflects most of the solar wind from Earth and #2, the ISS is heavily "insulated" against harmful radiation that DOES get through.

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