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I hear that the rays on the moon are so lethal that astronauts have to wear a space suit so they aren't burned. So why doesn't the American flag they stick on the moon, burn up? The flag isn't wearing a protective suit.


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The "burning" is this case is from cosmic rays and gamma radiation, both of which "burn" in the radiation sense of the word. Of course, the primary reason astronauts wear spacesuits on the moon is to protect against the vacuum of outer space-- the moon has virtually no atmosphere.

Hawley



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