by Mitch Battros – Earth Changes Media

NASA is now taking on the task to assess if humans could survive living on Mars. So far the aerospace robot ‘Opportunity’ – has survived for nearly a decade traversing the plains of Mars despite the continuous bombardment of cosmic and solar radiation from charged particles.




How about humans? What fate awaits them on a bold and likely year’s long expedition to the endlessly extreme and drastically harsh environment on the surface of the radiation drenched Red Planet – if one ever gets off the ground here on Earth? How much shielding would people need?



NASA’s rover ‘Curiosity’ is tasked with assessing if Mars ever offered a habitable environment for various life forms – in the ‘past or present’.



Characterizing the naturally occurring galactic cosmic rays and the Sun’s radiation levels we will be able to address the habitability question for both microbes and astronauts. Radiation can destroy near-surface organic molecules.




Researchers are using Curiosity’s state-of-the-art (RAD)Radiation Assessment Detector instrument to monitor high-energy radiation on a daily basis and help determine the potential for real life health risks posed to future human explorers on the Martian surface.