According to a report from Science Alert, “NASA is actively monitoring a strange anomaly in Earth’s magnetic field: a giant region of lower magnetic intensity in the skies above the planet, stretching out between South America and southwest Africa.
This vast, developing phenomenon, called the South Atlantic Anomaly, has intrigued and concerned scientists for years, and perhaps none more so than NASA researchers. The space agency’s satellites and spacecraft are particularly vulnerable to the weakened magnetic field strength within the anomaly, and the resulting exposure to charged particles from the Sun.”
NASA scientists insist that this ‘strange anomaly’ has not severely impacted life on earth as of yet, but if it continues to grow that may change.
The report goes on to say, “The South Atlantic Anomaly (SAA) – likened by NASA to a ‘dent’ in Earth’s magnetic field, or a kind of ‘pothole in space’ – generally doesn’t affect life on Earth, but the same can’t be said for orbital spacecraft (including the International Space Station), which pass directly through the anomaly as they loop around the planet at low-Earth orbit altitudes.
During these encounters, the reduced magnetic field strength inside the anomaly means technological systems onboard satellites can short-circuit and malfunction if they become struck by high-energy protons emanating from the Sun.”
This is perhaps another reason why NASA and other space agencies are interested in using melanin on spacecraft. Melanin coatings and technologies could severely reduce the risk of electronic malfunctions from fluctuations in earth’s electromagnetic field.
In 2019 melanin was sent to the International Space Station to be tested for it’s ability to protect against radiation.
John Hopkins University reported, “When the massive Antares rocket lifts off from Wallops Flight Facility on Virginia’s Eastern Shore on Saturday morning, it will carry with it a payload of tiny, fungus-grown biomaterials that Radamés J.B. Cordero has spent the past four years developing and studying intensely.
The material, a composite of fungal melanin and polymers, will be delivered to the International Space Station in Earth’s low orbit, where it will be tested for its ability to protect against space radiation. The results of those tests could inspire new ideas about how to protect humans from harmful radiation on Earth and in outer space.
Melanin, a dark brown or black pigment, is found across all biological kingdoms and has been shown to absorb harmful ionizing radiation frequencies that can damage cells.”