Protect the lives and health
of the astronauts
Protect the space stations systems
Protect essential space station research projects
Plan for Communications, Radiation,
Life Support and Crisis Management Teams.
Prepare teams for the predicted solar storm.
As Space Station Alpha glides 250 miles above Earth on Feb. 14, 2001,
all seems peaceful and safe. That's soon to change.
On the surface of the sun, 93 million miles away, a major solar storm is
brewing. This storm spews atomic particles, X-rays, and gamma rays into
space. The GOES-8 satellite detects and transmits early warning data to
Mission Control back on Earth. Some scientists believe this solar mass
ejection is the largest ever recorded.
Mission Control must warn the astronauts on board Space Station Alpha
and guide them through this dangerous event. Major solar storms like
this one invade Earth's atmosphere, create Northern Lights, disable
satellites, and knock out electrical power grids. Both the astronauts
and the space station's delicate electrical systems will be exposed to
life-threatening levels of radiation.
As this storms high-energy "fallout" pulses
through the space stations walls, electrical and computer
systems begin to malfunction, oxygen generation is interrupted, the
power supply begins to drop, and harmful radiation levels
begin to rise. The astronauts need your help to avoid disaster.