Can NASA’s solar storm studies avert the ‘internet apocalypse’?

August 12, 2018 - A United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy lifts off from Complex 37 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Sunday, .  Aboard the rocket is the Parker Solar Probe on a mission to the Sun. Delta IV launch

The emergence of an imminent solar storm has brought with it the remote possibility that within the next decade, people on Earth could be without Internet access for months.

If the Internet fails on such a large scale, the consequences could be devastating causing billions of dollars of losses per day to the US economy and hampering the production and supply chains of essential materials such as food and medicines. But NASA scientists are trying to prevent such a catastrophe by launching a probe years ago that will allow them to study and prepare for how a solar storm could affect the planet’s infrastructure.

So how likely is it that humanity will face what many have called the “Internet apocalypse?”

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