The launch of the new expedition to the ISS will take place, despite the solar flares

© NASA / Jack FischerВид to Earth from the ISS. Archival photoThe launch of the new expedition to the ISS will take place, despite the solar flares© NASA / Jack Fischer

The shock wave of charged particles resulting from a series of the most potent over the past 12 years of solar flares, will not prevent to launch a new expedition to the ISS in the estimated time, said the commander of the spacecraft «Soyuz MS-06» Alexander Misurkin.

«Actually, from our side there were some concerns related to the fact that this solar activity heats the atmosphere, it expands, thereby affects the flight of the ISS and ballistics. But in the end all is well and thank God. We plan to start at a specified time and to fly to the station chetyrehvalkovoj scheme,» said Misurkin on a pre-flight press conference at Baikonur.

According to the Center for space weather forecasts IZMIRAN, in the last days there was an increase in solar activity. Powerful solar flares are the cause of the increase of background radiation in near-earth space and can be considered as a potential danger to astronauts aboard the ISS, said earlier the Russian Federal space Agency.

The current design of the ISS allows to provide a sufficient radiation protection of the crew during periods of high solar activity. According radiometers and dosimeters, constantly working on the ISS, indicators of radiation at the station remain within the allowable values, the additional level of radiation is less than the daily requirement.

However, after receiving information about the next outbreak on the surface of the Sun cosmonaut Sergey Ryazansky received the recommendation of the medical service of the Main operational group of flight control of the ISS Russian segment in the next two days to reduce the number of visits to the zones on the ISS, less protected from solar radiation. Similar recommendations from their medical services were received by his colleagues, the astronauts Randolph Breznik and Paolo Nespoli.

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