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Dec 08 2014

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Weakening solar winds result in stronger cosmic radiation

Space Weather asks if this will preclude deep space manned missions. In short, “no”. Worst case, manned ships leaving Earth LEO may require more shielding.

Here’s the key graphic:

Notice that the solar cycle trend is lower activity over time, corresponding to higher cosmic radiation since the Solar Wind helps shield deep space (out to about Mars’ orbit) from cosmic radiation. This trend will only worsen if we’re going into a solar minimum.

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