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From: David Knowles, of Winter Haven Florida
To: Wayne Hale, lead flight director

Question: Considering that the crew will be exposed to heavy radiation during a solar flare, what will happen to the crew of the International Space Station during a solar flare? Also, how has the crew of Mir dealt with solar flares?

Answer: The Mir, the shuttle, and the Space Station all travel in what is called "low earth orbit" which is underneath the Van Allen radiation belts. Basically, spacewalkers are protected from solar flares the same way we are here on the surface of the earth. Space walkers on a mission to Mars or on the moon do not have this protection!

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Curator: Kim Dismukes | Responsible NASA Official: John Ira Petty | Updated: 04/07/2002
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