Radiation From Sudden Solar Flares Are A Danger To Airline Passengers And Now Space Tourists, Say Scientists

Are airline passengers at risk from radiation in the form of galactic cosmic rays and occasional solar flares? Yes, says a new study published in Scientific Reports, but it advises against the aviation industry taking any drastic action.

Amid a steady stream of galactic cosmic rays and solar energetic particles raining down on planes, the higher altitude and latitude of flights, the higher radiation doses for crew and passengers.

That brings into play space tourism as well as aviation.

What are galactic cosmic rays?

Galactic cosmic rays (GCR) are always bombarding Earth’s atmosphere. Originating from the gas and dust between the stars, this energetic background source

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