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Major warning by leading Russian scientist

apollo8 news articles23 December 1968, Russian scholar Georgij Petrow high radiation warning.

Russian scholar Georgij Petrow congratulated the crew of the Apollo-8 today, in an article in the party magazine Pravda. Petrow, who is the head of the space research institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences, says that the flight takes place in a period of high solar activity. The Apollo 8 crew can therefore be exposed to high levels of radiation. President Johnson however congratulated the three American astronauts on the "brilliant beginning" of their journey and told he was confident about the result of their mission.

Original text plus clipping in Dutch:

De Russische geleerde Georgij Petrow heeft vandaag in een artikel in het partijblad Fraiwda de bemanning van de Apollo-8 een geslaagde vlucht toegewenst. Petrow, die het hoofd is van het instituut voor •ruimte-onderzoek van de Russische academie van wetenschappen, waarschuwt dat de vlucht plaatsvindt in een periode van hoge zonneactiviteit en dat daardoor de mannen aan sterke straling kunnen worden blootgesteld. President Johnson heeft de drie Amerikaanse astronauten gelukgewenst met het „schitterende begin" van hun reis en verklaard vol vertrouwen te zijn over het eindresultaat van hun missie.

Source: Het Parool, 23 December 1968.

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