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Surviving Radiation in Space

13 Feb 2013, 09:36 UTC
Surviving Radiation in Space
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For those who are interested in the reality of radiation exposure on Earth, in space, and on the Moon, and what this exposure means for our prospects of manned exploration of the solar system, read on! The Myths and Truths of Death by Space Radiation There are persistent groves of misinformation taking root about the [...]

Apollo 10 image of Earth taken from 100,000 miles away.[Credit: NASA]For those who are interested in the reality of radiation exposure on Earth, in space, and on the Moon, and what this exposure means for our prospects of manned exploration of the solar system, read on!
The Myths and Truths of Death by Space Radiation
There are persistent groves of misinformation taking root about the lethality of radiation doses for astronauts, particularly for those who are bound for the Moon and/or Near-Earth-Objects, (such as asteroids for research or mining).
Unfortunately, these claims have been given the capacity for widespread proliferation in the fertile cyber-soil of the Internet, and worse, they usually sprout symbiotically with claims that the Moon landings were hoaxed, e.g.:
“We could never have landed on the Moon because the astronauts could never have survived the radiation from cosmic sources/the Van Allen ...

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