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Mars trip threat

3 years 11 months 3 weeks ago May 30, 2013 May 30, 2013 Thursday, May 30 2013 May 30, 2013 6:35 PM in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Michael Marsh

LOS ANGELES- Astronauts traveling to and from Mars would be bombarded with a lot of radiation according to new research. NASA is aiming to send a crew to orbit the red planet by the mid 2030s and private companies are seeking volunteers for a Mars flight. Using the radiation sensor aboard the NASA rover Curiosity, experts calculate a round-trip to Mars would expose astronauts to the same amount of radiation as getting a full-body CT scan every five or six days for a year. The latest findings do not include exposure to radiation while on the Mars surface.

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