NASA and SpaceX are currently the leading space agencies when it comes to making efforts for the upcoming Mars Missions. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration already visited Mars, while Elon Musk's upcoming mission to the Red Planet would be its first one.
On the other hand, the popular billionaire CEO also claimed that he would start Mars colonization so that many people could ditch Earth. However, a new radiation study claims that astronauts should not stay on the neighboring planet for more than four years.
"Our calculations demonstrate that the optimal time for a flight to Mars would be launching the mission at solar maximum and that the flight duration should not exceed approximately 4years," said the researchers.
This new study about radiation shielding on the Red Planet involves various agencies from across the globe. Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology, University of Science and Technology of China, Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and other space institutes to form an international team to work on the new research.
NASA and SpaceX Astronauts Mars Missions Should Be Shorter?
According to New Atlas' latest report, the new study titled "Beating 1 Sievert: Optimal Radiation Shielding of Astronauts on a mission to Mars," which was published in the Advanced Earth and Space Science Journal, warned that astronomers staying on Mars for more than four years would be endangered due to cosmic radiation exposure.
However, involved space experts explained that astronauts would still be safe with the right timing and shielding. They added that cosmic radiation on the Red Planet and other heavenly bodies within the solar system varies according to the Sun's activity.
Radiation Study's Other Details
Gizmodo explained that the involved space researchers were able to come up with their shorter Mars mission suggestion after using models of particles radiation within the solar system.
They also relied on various radiation models to identify how these cosmic rays affect human health and the state of a spacecraft in the Red Planet.
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Written by: Griffin Davis