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Solar storm and emergency cache shelters for the lunar base

by Sreemathi Iyer

Proposed solar storm shelter structure.

The encounters with Solar Storms in the past missions (mainly Apollo) and the need for Solar Storm Shelter & Emergency facility on the proposed 100-person Lunar Base are discussed. Radiation being the major problem in case of solar storms/winds/flares, the physiological effects of various kinds of cosmic radiation is studied. The suggested shielding methods and their effects over continued radiation is also studied.

The optimum requirements for a shelter, shielding the astronauts from the cosmic radiation are outlined and earlier proposals for such shelters discussed.

A new construction methodology for such shelters that can be extrapolated to structures on the Moon in general is made.

sreemati@usc.edu

Solar storm and emergency cache shelters for the lunar base

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