Baylor University and CASPER present:
Dr. Delores J. Knipp
Research Professor, Smead Aerospace Engineering Sciences Department
University of Colorado Boulder
Space Weather Effects in the Cold War Era: Recent Revelations
The 1960’s were a time of intense space activity, in part because of President Kennedy’s plans for a lunar visit and in part because of the role of space in during the Cold War build-up. The technologies for civilian and military space activities were subject to compromise by what is now called “Space Weather.” I will discuss two of the extreme Space Weather events of the late 1960’s and early 1970’s that had profound effects on military operations: The late May 1967 Solar Radio Burst/Storm and the early August 1972 Solar Eruptions/Storms. Both events illustrate the need for investment in: 1) space environmental/weather monitoring and 2) an educated cadre of military and civilian decision makers.
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