Credit: NASA (Curiosity-Selfie)
The Institute of Aerospace Medicine's Radiation Biology department now published a paper in Life Sciences in Space Research in which they predict how radiation on Mars will strike future Mars explorers. Together with scientists in an international collaboration they worked to learn more about the dangerous radiation on Mars which is much more potent than radiation on Earth. For the first time, they compared different theoretical models with actual observations: “Understanding, mitigating and managing the radiation environment for astronauts on a manned mission to Mars is a challenging, but not unsurmountable, problem,” explains lead author Daniel Matthiä of the German Aerospace Center in Cologne. “The more we understand about the environment, its variability, and its effect on humans, the safer our astronauts will be.”
More information on the article:
D. Matthiä et al.: "The radiation environment on the surface of Mars - Summary of model calculations and comparison to RAD data," Life Sciences in Space Research (2017).