• Question: How much UV light would it take to burn an astronaut?

    Asked by THE BIG MAC to Elie, Floris, Jenn, RocketRich on 18 Mar 2016.
    • Photo: Richard Moss

      Richard Moss answered on 18 Mar 2016:

      Outside of the space station the astronaut is wearing a space suit. The helmet has a special visor which can be pulled down when the crew is working in sunlight. This protects them from uv light burning the skin or damaging the eyes. Without this protection they would burn much faster than we do on Earth, on a sunny day at the beach.