Terrestrial and Extraterrestrial Space Dangers: Outer Space Perils, Rocket Risks and the Health Consequences of the Space Environment

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Natural elements and cosmic phenomena in space, such as asteroids, comets, meteors, black holes and super bubbles pose a threat to the planet Earth and spacefarers in the near-Earth environment. ...
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Space Weather

Pp. 83-94 (12)

Dirk C. Gibson

Abstract

Space weather was the subject of this chapter. Space weather was defined and both solar and non-solar causes were considered. Geomagnetic storms were discussed. The potentially lethal nature of CMEs was examined. Solar flares and their extreme consequences for the Earth were analyzed, as were sunspots. The destructive effects of space weather were discussed. Space weather studies were considered, as was space weather radar and a space weather shield. Three types of solar storms were mentioned. The space weather-related Canadian blackout of 1989 was discussed. Space weather programs were examined, the NSWP in particular. The environmental significance of space weather was documented. The role of space weather in the decayed orbit of Skylab was considered.

Keywords:

Active region 5395, ADEOS-2, Advanced Composition Explorer, Canadian blackout of 1989, Central New York Railroad, CME, decayed orbit, Deccan Herald, Galaxy 4 Satellite, Goddard Space Flight Center, NASA Sea Winds Instrument, National Space Weather Program, Skylab, Solar and Heliospheric Observatory, solar flares, sunspots, University of Strathclyde.

Affiliation:

The University of New Mexico USA.