The Space Reporter
November 18, 2012
Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Malin Space Science Systems
NASA’s Curiosity rover has reportedly discovered radiation levels on Mars are low enough for humans to survive, granted they stay alive during the six-month journey to the Red Planet.
In a press conference on Friday, top NASA officials say recent data obtained by the one-ton rover shows radiation levels on Mars are low enough for humans. According to NASA, the rover linked rhythmic changes in radiation to daily atmospheric changes, finding levels low enough to sustain a two-year mission to Mars.
“Absolutely, astronauts can live in this environment,” said Don Hassler, of Boulder, Colorado’s, Southwest Research Institute. Mr. Hassler is the principal investigator for Curiosity’s Radiation Assessment Detector (RAD).