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Did Solar Wind Affect Shuttle?

This message comes from Henry Willis, who will be interviewed on Dreamland Saturday, February 8 about his book, Earth's Future Climate: "On Jan 31, several C and on minor M Class solar flares were observed. The solar wind striking the Earth increased from 390 km/sec. to over 1,000 km/sec. This increase in solar wind hit the Earth precisely at the time of the tragic Columbia Space Shuttle accident.

"There is currently no evidence of a correlation between the two. However, it is well-known that a space shuttle in re-entry is under tremendous stress and is performing a delicate balancing act. It is possible these increased solar winds unbalanced the Columbia resulting in its unfortunate accident."

It's important to keep up with how space weather affects our weather here on Earth.

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