Think Mars Bases Will Have It Hard? Moon Bases Get An Even Worse Deal
There's no place quite as safe as Earth — but Mars is still marginally safer than the moon.By Evan Thomas | October 14, 2016
There are lots of grand plans to build colonies on Mars these days, but you might be wondering, "Why skip the moon?" Mars is farther and more expensive to reach, and it would be incredibly hard to bring people back to Earth. But all that said, it turns out living on Mars might actually be safer than living on the moon.
Earth has a strong magnetic field, which stops the worst of the radiation from space and from the sun. That field protects the atmosphere, and that atmosphere stops most meteors from ever hitting the surface. Our space habitats will need to protect us the same way.
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