What NASA is doing to keep astronauts safe from cosmic rays
On March 1, NASA posted a video to its website with a countdown to the end of the solar eclipse.
The countdown begins when a tiny black dot appears at the edge of the sun.
The dot disappears and NASA tells us it’s due to a new kind of solar storm.
The eclipse is over, and the video ends.
The NASA countdown is a sign that NASA is working to reduce the chances of solar flares and coronal mass ejections, the most dangerous kinds of solar storms.
The agency says the new storm is likely to start over the next few days, and it’s unclear when it will occur.
It is also not clear whether the new solar storm will come from the sun or from the moon, although NASA says it’s looking at a “very, very, very distant future.”
But NASA says that while the countdown is happening, astronauts are being protected from cosmic ray and corona-mass ejection damage.
Astronauts in the International Space Station, including NASA astronaut Mike Hopkins, are in the space station for a two-week stay.
The International Spacecraft Operations Center, or ISOC, in Florida is where the astronauts will be kept for the next several weeks.
The space agency has been monitoring cosmic ray activity in space since the dawn of space exploration, but until now, there was no way to monitor the space environment without astronauts in the station.
The space agency is now working with the European Space Agency and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency to monitor space weather and cosmic rays in space.NASA is also testing a new technology to detect coronal masses in space, called the Solar Magnetic Spectrometer.
The solar magnetic sensor is an instrument that measures the magnetic field created by the sun and other stars.
This field, in turn, is measured with a spacecraft.
If there is a measurable change in the magnetic fields, it indicates that there is an abnormal magnetic storm.NASA has been using the Solar Magnetometer for the last two years to monitor cosmic ray emissions.
It’s also using the device to track the magnetic storms in space as they emerge.
It can measure the strength of the magnetic storm at different locations on the sun, and then measure its effect on the magnetic and solar systems.
The next phase of NASA’s space weather protection is for the International Emergency Management Agency, or IEMA, which is in charge of overseeing NASA’s operations in space and its response to space weather emergencies.
IEMA is in the process of building an advanced spacecraft, called a spacecraft-to-space communications satellite, called SpaceWatch.
The spacecraft will provide astronauts with direct communications from space, as well as other capabilities, such as telepresence.NASA’s Space Weather Protection Program will continue to monitor coronal conditions and space weather.
If the space weather protects astronauts from solar flares, the space agency will keep track of them, too.
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Originally published on Space.com.