Space Science Reviews

, Volume 93, Issue 1–2, pp 187–205 | Cite as

Cosmic ray Implications for Human Health

  • M.A. Shea
  • D.F. Smart


There appears to be concern among some people about the possible effects of cosmic radiation on everyday life. The amount of cosmic radiation that reaches the Earth and its environment is a function of solar cycle, altitude and latitude. The possible effect of naturally occurring cosmic radiation on airplane crews and space flight personal is a subject of current study. This paper discusses the variables controlling the cosmic ray flux in the atmosphere and describes models and software that have been developed that provide quantitative information about the cosmic radiation exposure at flight altitudes. The discussion is extended to include the cosmic radiation exposure to manned spacecraft.


Solar Cycle Neutron Monitor Cosmic Radiation Solar Energetic Particle Event Solar Proton Event 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • M.A. Shea
    • 1
  • D.F. Smart
    • 1
  1. 1.Air Force Research Laboratory, Hanscom AFBBedfordUSA

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