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Generation of Cherenkov Light Flashes by Cosmic Radiation within the Eyes of the Apollo Astronauts

Nature volume 228, pages 260264 (17 October 1970) | Download Citation

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It is proposed that the primary cosmic radiation is responsible for the light flashes observed by astronauts in translunar flight. Cherenkov radiation may be an important or even the dominant mechanism. An alternative mechanism is the direct excitation of the retina by cosmic ray particles.

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  1. Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory and Harvard College Observatory, Cambridge, Massachusetts

    • G. G. FAZIO
  2. Nuclear Physics Division, AERE, Harwell, Berkshire

    • J. V. JELLEY
    •  & W. N. CHARMAN

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