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Plastics More Effective for Shielding Against Cosmic Radiation than Aluminum
—June 13, 2013
Aluminum has always been the primary material in spacecraft construction, but it provides relatively little protection against high-energy cosmic rays and can add so much mass to spacecraft that they become cost-prohibitive to launch. Read more…
- The Times of India:
A lighter cover to fight cosmic radiation: Plastic
—June 13, 2013
Lighter materials like plastic can effectively shield astronauts from radiation hazards faced during extended space travel, according to a new analysis of data gathered by Nasa's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO). The finding could help reduce health risks to humans on future missions into deep space, say space scientists from the University of New Hampshire (UNH) and the Southwest Research Institute (SwRI). Read more…
Plastic protection for deep space missions
—June 13, 2013
The latest data from NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) suggests that plastic could protect astronauts on deep space missions against radiation hazards. Read more…
Moon radiation findings may reduce health risks to astronauts
—June 11, 2013
Space scientists from the University of New Hampshire (UNH) and the Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) report that data gathered by NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) show lighter materials like plastics provide effective shielding against the radiation hazards faced by astronauts during extended space travel. Read more…
- Space.com: NASA's Robotic LRO Spacecraft Provides Data for Human Exploration —June 11, 2013
An instrument on LRO, the Cosmic Ray Telescope for the Effects of Radiation gauged the radiation dose of cosmic rays after passing through a plastic material that simulates how space radiation interacts with human muscle tissue. Recent findings may help scientists validate their understanding of the radiation environment and help engineers develop shielding. Read more…
- R&D Magazine:
Moon radiation findings may reduce health risks to astronauts —June 11, 2013
Space scientists from UNH and the Southwest Research Institute report that data gathered by NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter show lighter materials like plastics provide effective shielding against the radiation hazards faced by astronauts during extended space travel. Read more…
- EurekaAlert!: Moon radiation findings may reduce health risks to astronauts
—June 11, 2013
Space scientists from UNH and the Southwest Research Institute report that data gathered by NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) show lighter materials like plastics provide effective shielding against the radiation hazards faced by astronauts during extended space travel. Read more…
NASA Moon Probe Sheds Light on Space Radiation Risks
—April 16, 2013
A NASA moon probe equippd with plastic that mimics living tissue is helping researchers learn how deep-space radiation may affect astronauts and electronics on future missions, researchers say. Read more…
- MSNBC: Tracking deadly space radiation could protect
future astronauts—Oct. 24, 2012
Scientists monitor massive waved of energetic particles—a constantly shifting hazard. Read more.…
- Sigma Xi: Did life or geology produce the methane found in Mars' atmosphere?—Oct. 24, 2012
Scientists wonder about the concentrations of methane gas, which can have geologic and biotic origins, that was detected in the Martian atmosphere by NASA's Curiosity rover. Traces went beyond what they expect to see. Read more…
- Space.com: Tracking Deadly Space Radiation Could Protect
Astronauts—Oct. 23, 2012
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 have developed a program to characterize the dangerous particles in near-real time. Read more…
- UNH Magazine: Moon Struck — Fall 2012
The launch of NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter in 2009 was intended to help pave the way for humans to return to the moon, and keep them there safely for a good stretch of time. An extended stay, or the more ambitious notion of putting astronauts on Mars, requires understanding the hazards posed by galactic cosmic rays, solar energetic particles and other radiation. Read more…
New Tool Allows For Real-Time Space Radiation
Forecasts — October 16, 2012
Astrophysicists have created the first online system for predicting and forecasting the radiation environment in near-Earth, lunar, and Martian space environments. The University of New Hampshire's Space Science Center (SSC) astrophysicists created the near real-time tool...
- Science Daily: Scientists Provide Window on
Hazards — October 15, 2012
Astrophysicists from the UNH's Space Science Center (SSC) have created the first online system for predicting and forecasting the radiation environment in near-Earth, lunar, and Martian space environments...
- Astronomy: Cosmic Rays Alter Chemistry of Lunar Ice — March 20, 2012
While cosmic radiation poses risks to astronauts and spacecraft, it also may have been a fundamental agent of change on celestial bodies by irradiating water ice and causing chemical reactions...
- TG Daily: Cosmic Rays Alter Chemistry of Lunar Ice — March 20, 2012
A bombardment of cosmic rays on the moon's surface could be creating complex carbon chains similar to those that form the foundations of biological life....
- Regina Leader-Post: Look North Tonight in Sask. for Aurora Boralis — March 8, 2012
Such stormy space weather is unusual in recent history, according to Harlan Spence, an astrophysicist at the University of New Hampshire who is principal investigator on the Cosmic Ray Telescope for the Effects of Radiation aboard NASA's Lunar Reconnaissaince Orbiter...
- UNH: Astrophysicists Available to Discuss Solar Flare — March 6, 2012
Two scientists from the University of New Hampshire's Space Science Center within the Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space are available to discuss the implications of the recent powerful solar flare...
- Newstrack India: Sun 'punched' Earth with Curveball — Feb. 2, 2012
A strong solar flare launched the biggest coronal mass ejection (CME) seen in almost a decade...
- Hindustan Times: Sun 'punched' Earth with Powerful Radiation — Feb. 1, 2012
A strong follow-up solar flare cropped up on Friday, just days after the Sun launched the biggest coronal mass ejection (CME) seen in almost a decade.
- EurekaAlert!: Sun Delivered Curveball of Radiation — Feb. 1, 2012
A potent follow-up solar flare, just days after the Sun launched the biggest CME seen in nearly a decade, delivered a powerful radiation punch to Earth's magnetic field despite the fact that it was aimed away from our planet.
- Click Green: Increasing Risk of Solar Storms — Feb. 1, 2012
Scientists warn of an increasing risk of powerful solar storms over the next 12-months as the Sun nears the peak of its 11-year cycle of activity.
- Los Angeles Times: Solar Storms — Jan. 24, 2012
Impacts of ionizing radiation produced by the solar storm;
addressed by Harlan Spence, CRaTER Principal Investigator
- MSNBC.COM: "Space Hurricane" — Jan. 24, 2012
Flights rerouted due to solar storm; radiation strongest since 2003;
chance for re-intensification; addressed by Harlan Spence, CRaTER P.I.
- Nature: Cosmic Ray Theory Unravels — Feb. 25, 2010
New thoughts on the orign of galactic cosmic rays.
- Science: Flows on Mars But No Water — Jan. 22, 2010
LRO camera caught recent changes in a gully on the moon.
- Boston.com: Big Picture—Images from LRO — Jan. 8, 2010
News stories in photographs — the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter.
- Nature: Moon shadows even colder than thought — Dec. 17, 2009
Temperatures on the Moon are cold enough to freeze nitrogen.
- NASA / AGU Press Briefing — Dec. 15, 2009
NASA unveils latest results from lunar mission, helps prepare for next stage of scientific discovery.
- NASA's Top Events in 2009 — Dec.16, 2009
Water on the moon and other discoveries highlight a stellar year for NASA.
- Science Daily: Latest Results from LRO— Dec. 16, 2009
LRO has been providing crucial insights about our nearest celestial neighbor.
- Science Codex: LRO Yields Insights About the Moon— Dec. 15, 2009
The latest findings from NASA's LRO camera.
- Red Orbit: NASA Unveils Latest Results from LRO — Dec. 16, 2009
The latest findings from instruments aboard LRO.
- Astronomy Magazine News: LRO— Nov. 13, 2009
NASA's mission to map the lunar surface.