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For my very first post on the board of a fantastic site, I have a question to pose. Admittedly, it wasn't very helpful of me to use such a silly thread title, but I couldn't resist a little play with words. [img]/phpBB/images/smiles/icon_razz.gif[/img] Here's my real question...
Can anyone shed light on the "white flashes" Apollo astronauts reported experiencing in their vision while on the moon?
I was wacthing a science programme some time earlier this year (though unfortunately, I have seen so many, I can't for the life of me remember which one) when this issue was raised. I seem to recall the programme makers claiming that NASA wanted to keep the astronauts' reports "hush hush" at the time, for they didn't immediately have an explanation to offer. As I also seem to recall, the programme stated that NASA discovered its astronauts were actually subjected to an unexepcted dose of "cosmic radiation from a distant supernova"; atomic nuclei which penetrated the astronauts' suits and bodies.
I am aware that radiation exposure is a constant hazard in space, not least from our own sun: but does anyone have details of this particular phenomenon -- and was it a freak occurence or is it a regular hazard faced by those that leave the safe confines of our own planet?