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November 11 2012

Tracking deadly space radiation could protect future astronauts


Massive waves of energetic particles pose a serious hazard to astronauts in space. To help understand the radiation around Earth, the moon and Mars, a team of scientists has developed a program to characterize the dangerous particles in near-real time.

Known as PREDICCS, the program relies on measurements taken by a wide variety of space-based telescopes to characterize radiation at regions in the solar system likely to be frequented by astronauts in the not-too-distant future.

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