Level 13 - Savant Scribe of the Second Highest Order
'Fear not this new night, my brothers, the terrors of an everlasting darkness are as nothing when compared to the darkness in Man's heart. For, who among you knows what Man might do when Hunger sleeps in his bed and Famine is his child's only playmate?' --Prelude
Shielding in space covers two primary concerns, physical threats and radiation. The ever present threat that a micrometeorite, a piece of space junk, or possibly ejecta from asteroid mining might punch a hole through your hull exposing you to the hateful embrace of hard vacuum is one that the holovids play up to no end, but the threat of radiation, whether it's interstellar, stellar, or merely coming up from a sufficiently large planet, is nothing to be ignored. This radiation threatens not only the health of the crew, but can cause failures in electronics as well.