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Trip to Mars may mean cancer for astronauts

Posted By Adan On June 1, 2013 @ 12:39 pm In Old Infowars Posts Style,Science & Technology | Comments Disabled

Miriam Kramer
Space.com
June 1, 2013

Astronauts who travel to Mars one day could be exposed to dangerous levels of radiation during their trip, even if shielding techniques are used, a new study shows.

When the Mars Science Laboratory launched on Nov. 26, 2011, it began a 350-million-mile trip to the surface of the Red Planet. During its voyage, a group of researchers, including Southwest Research Institute scientist Cary Zeitlin, monitored exactly how much radiation a piece of science hardware on the Mars rover Curiosity was exposed to over the 253-day journey from Earth to Mars.

“In space, it’s between a 100 and 1,000 times higher dose rate [of radiation] than on Earth,” Zeitlin told SPACE.com. “It’s highly uncertain what the health risk is from these exposures.”

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