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Radiation poses major obstacle to future deep-space astronauts bound for Mars

Radiation poses major obstacle to future deep-space astronauts bound for Mars, Space.com By Doris Elin Urrutia 3 Apr 20

A roundtrip from Earth to Mars, plus time on the Red Planet, would mean a human crew could spend months or years in deep space.

Mars seems to be on everybody’s mind in the space industry. There are already several robotic missions to the Red Planet underway, and companies and space agencies are already working to one day send humans there.

But a crewed mission would present many more challenges. One of these obstacles is radiation, and so researchers are working to find a way to protect a crew against the dangerous radiation of deep space.

Humans evolved underneath the protective blanket that is the Earth’s atmosphere and magnetosphere. Our bodies are not like the robots we shoot into the far reaches of the solar system. We are made of organic matter that needs to be shielded from harmful radiation. …… https://www.space.com/mars-radiation-obstacle-crewed-human-missions.html

April 4, 2020 - Posted by | general

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