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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Quantitative Risk Estimates of Space Dangers

Pp. 314-323 (10)

Dirk C. Gibson

Abstract

The purpose of this chapter was to attempt to quantify as closely as possible the risk posed to spacefarers and to the planet Earth by space dangers. The empirical record of space objects striking the Earth was examined, specifically with respect to NEOs, asteroids, meteors and comets. Potential threats from supernovas, black holes, space debris and gamma rays were also quantified. An overall aggregate risk assessment was provided.

Keywords:

Aggregate, Chevrolet Malibu, Claxton, Georgia, Comet IRASAroki- Adcock, Defense Support Program, Infra Red Astronomy Satellite, Los Alamos, Loss of Crew and Vehicle, Peerskill, New York, Pultusk, Poland, Sikhote-Alin Mountains, Sprucefield, Northern Ireland, Stony Tunguska River, Sumava, Czechoslovakia, U.S. House of Representatives, Subcommittee on Space and Astronautics, 1993 KA2, 2012 D12.

Affiliation:

The University of New Mexico USA.