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How do astronauts cope with radiation?
« on: 02/02/2009 18:30:02 »
kristian asked the Naked Scientists:
   
if the earth's atmosphere protects us from much of the harmful radiation, what protected the astronauts who travelled to the moon?

What do you think?


 

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« Reply #1 on: 02/02/2009 18:38:18 »
If you care to trawl through this almost endless thread

]http://www.thenakedscientists.com/forum/index.php?topic=232.0[url][/url]

then you will find a few good (and a few barmy) comments about the problem.
My view is that, yes, they will suffer some radiation effects but, as photographic film has been shown to survive many missions, both manned and unmanned, it is not (or has not been) a particularly worrisome factor in space travel.
Dieing in a catastrophic accident and damage to their skeletons from weightlessness are far bigger worries. Not surprisingly, it doesn't seem to put them off.
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« Reply #2 on: 02/02/2009 20:27:14 »
Were they on the side of the moon facing the sun or not?
 

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« Reply #3 on: 02/02/2009 22:23:32 »
The moon missions were on the sunlit side, so they could see what they were doing.  I think one or two may have been near the terminator towards the start/end of the mission.
 

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« Reply #4 on: 03/02/2009 00:08:04 »
If they even landed in the first place that is...
 

lyner

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« Reply #5 on: 03/02/2009 08:20:13 »
Don't start!!!
 

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« Reply #6 on: 03/02/2009 08:35:01 »
Ha, I knew you would say that!
 

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« Reply #7 on: 03/02/2009 11:46:53 »
Look. We've managed to confine the loony bits into one one thread. Let's keep it that way.
But about that flag . . . . . . . ?
 

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« Reply #8 on: 03/02/2009 13:51:10 »
The moon missions were on the sunlit side, so they could see what they were doing.  I think one or two may have been near the terminator towards the start/end of the mission.

Just to clarify; the missions were all to near-side, so that we could communicate without need for a relay, and during periods when the landing site and exploration area would be in sunlight.  Landing in darkness was a no-no but landing close to the dawn terminator would give the most time in sunlight.
 

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« Reply #9 on: 03/02/2009 21:24:20 »
Look. We've managed to confine the loony bits into one one thread. Let's keep it that way.
But about that flag . . . . . . . ?
Hmmm...and what about that cable poking outta the ground. . . . .? :D:D
 

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« Reply #10 on: 03/02/2009 21:56:46 »
Bad boy, naughty boy- in your bed!!!
 

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« Reply #11 on: 03/02/2009 22:12:15 »
They must have been boyed up when they landed on the moon.
 

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« Reply #12 on: 04/02/2009 13:37:49 »
I believe they found it very enlightening, by about 85%.
 

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