Far from calm and peaceful, space is a dangerous place with high levels of radiation not only from our sun but from distant supernovas. This is not only dangerous to us but also to the spacecraft themselves with is able to damage the electronics and computers that keep it running and the crew alive in it. So how do they protect the craft and crew with what looks like almost no shielding at all?
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Written, researched and presented by Paul Shillito
Images and footage by NASA, ESA, Space Engine, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory,
NISENet, expertmathstutor, Wetsoil Private limited, University of Washington.