I'm working on a large project involving humanity spreading to other star systems. Most of humanity lives on space stations (for reasons dealing with the backstory). I was looking at the planet orbiting Proxima Centauri and considered putting stations in orbit around that planet. However, Proxima Centauri is a flare star given to periodic bursts of radiation.
- Assuming sufficiently advanced technology, how realistic would it be for humans to have stations around that planet?
- For spaceships traveling to and from those stations, what sort of shielding would be needed to protect the inhabitants?
- There's frequent mention of water being used to protect stations/ships, but does the water get "saturated" with radiation after a while, thus losing its effectiveness?
- If water is used, is it possible to "recycle" irradiated water or is it lost?
- Would any genetic modifications of humanity assist in protecting humans from radiation?