Proton Pistol (Proton Beam)

A device that unleashed a 'protonic storm' of energy. (Read the full article)

"Does anyone know when scientists became concerned about the risks of radiation in space? I know that the discovery of the Van Allen belts in 1958 heightened concern, but how aware were scientists prior to that time?"
(Bill 2/22/2006 5:04:28 PM )
"According to the Wikipedia entry for Victor Hess (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Victor_Hess), he ascended up to 5.3 kilometers (5,300 meters), which is about 17,000 feet. If he had gone up to 17,000 meters without oxygen he would have died of hypoxia."
( 12/24/2008 8:22:14 AM )
"Oops - that was a glaring error; thanks for bringing it to my attention."
(Bill Christensen 12/25/2008 1:55:15 PM )

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