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Micro-meteor strikes on astronauts
« on: June 21, 2024, 06:59:22 AM »
Recently I was reading about bolides, meteors and meteoroids, and realised that I don't recall hearing of any micro-meteor strikes on astronauts and cosmonauts etc. from the start of space travel up until now. Are there any on record?

The Apollo spacesuit had 21 outside layers, some of which were thought to provide adequate protection against micro-meteor harm to astronauts by progressively breaking and spreading out the pieces of a tiny (grain-of-sand-sized) but super-fast meteor as it sped through the layers.

No doubt there are bigger rocks, from small pebble size up, zapping through space but perhaps space is so vast that the risk to humans is fairly low.

Do any members have any statistics or details of new designs?
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