NASA’s Curiosity finds humans could survive radiation levels on MarsSubmitted by emalvini on Sun, 11/18/2012 - 19:27
NASA’s Curiosity finds humans could survive radiation levels on Mars
By Staff, The Space Reporter
Saturday, November 17, 2012
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).