How does the solar wind affect astronauts aboard the International Space Station?
- 5 months agoFavorite Answer
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...
- Ronald 7Lv 75 months ago
Unless they had a 30 Square Mile sized Sail attached to them
- MarkLv 75 months 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.