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 (, 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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