(Image source: NASA)


BY NATHAN GIANNINI

ANCHOR CANDICE AVILES

 

If you’ve ever thought about picking up a nice little retirement home on Mars -- we’ve got good news! NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity has found radiation levels on the Martian surface are similar to those in low-Earth orbit.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

 

Business Insider quotes the Curiosity team’s principal radiation investigator as saying: “‘Absolutely, astronauts can live in this environment’ ... at least for a limited period of time.”

 

Space.com reports the radiation levels are pretty comporable to those on the International Space Station.

 

“The findings demonstrate that Mars’ atmosphere, though just 1 percent as thick as that of Earth, does provide a significant amount of shielding from dangerous, fast-moving cosmic particles.”

 

So what does this mean for human exploration? CNET notes: “...the big question is how much radiation will an astronaut receive during an eight- to nine-month voyage to Mars, a six-month stay on the surface and then the long flight back to Earth. ‘When you add up all those different contributions, you need to stay within your career limits.’”

NASA: Mars Has Radiation Similar To Earth's

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Nov 16, 2012

NASA: Mars Has Radiation Similar To Earth's

(Image source: NASA)


BY NATHAN GIANNINI

ANCHOR CANDICE AVILES

 

If you’ve ever thought about picking up a nice little retirement home on Mars -- we’ve got good news! NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity has found radiation levels on the Martian surface are similar to those in low-Earth orbit.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

 

Business Insider quotes the Curiosity team’s principal radiation investigator as saying: “‘Absolutely, astronauts can live in this environment’ ... at least for a limited period of time.”

 

Space.com reports the radiation levels are pretty comporable to those on the International Space Station.

 

“The findings demonstrate that Mars’ atmosphere, though just 1 percent as thick as that of Earth, does provide a significant amount of shielding from dangerous, fast-moving cosmic particles.”

 

So what does this mean for human exploration? CNET notes: “...the big question is how much radiation will an astronaut receive during an eight- to nine-month voyage to Mars, a six-month stay on the surface and then the long flight back to Earth. ‘When you add up all those different contributions, you need to stay within your career limits.’”

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