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We are taking a physics course and we were told that polyethelene was a good way to shield a person from exposure to cosmic rays and other particles present in a low earth orbit. This material is being used to help shield the astronauts on board the International Space Station. However, this material we were told cannot be used to shield electronics becasue of the radiation due to secondary particle production. If it cannot be used for electronics then why can it be used for humans. If the secondary particles are harmful to electronics then it seems to me that they would also be harmful to humans.
Re: What secondary radiation does polyethelene produce from cosmic rays?
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