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In response, airlines rerouted flights that normally cross the polar regions, like those going from New York City to Tokyo, because solar storms of this strength can make aircraft-to-ground communications more difficult, Rodney Viereck, a scientist at the prediction center told syracuse.com. The storm also could affect spacecraft systems, increase drag on satellites and disrupt their orientation. Satellite and radio navigation systems may experience problems.
Astronauts aboard the International Space Station have been advised to shield themselves in specific parts of the spacecraft to avoid a high dose of solar radiation.
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