How does the atmosphere protect the earth when it looks clear from space?



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    Simply put the atmosphere is made up of molecules that can either absorb or deflect harmful substances that attempt to penetrate its protective layer.  This unique ability saves us from things like radiation (ultraviolet, gamma and x-rays), cosmic rays, solar flares, extreme cold temperatures, and the vacuum that is space.  Just as other molecules that we use, need and dispose of on a regular basis (water, oxygen, etc.) are clear or colorless (sometimes even invisible) but are still essential to our well-being, the same is true for the atmosphere.  

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