Lunar Surface Radiation Measurements Show Moon Is Safe for Long-Term Human Exploration
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The first surface radiation measurements by China's Chang'e 4 lander found that the moon is safe for human exploration. What could this possibly imply?
Moon is safe for human exploration according to the first detailed radiation measurements on the lunar surface by China's Chang'e 4 lander. The data will be used by future researchers in determining how much protective shielding is needed to protect future crews.

Past missions of Apollo during the '60s and '70s have failed to capture the radiation exposure of the mission while on the Moon's surface because the dosimeters they carried recorded the total exposure from their entire journey. Since then, scientists have had to estimate levels of radiation on the crew while on the Moon from extrapolation and modeling."

Measuring Radiation Levels on the Lunar Surface

NASA is planning to put humans back on the Moon by 2024 with its new lunar mission called Artemis. Likewise, the China National Space Administration is also eying human explorations on the lunar surface by the 2030s. China's Chang'e 4 lander made history in 2019 when it successfully landed on the Moon's Von Kármán crater.

Chang'e 4 has brought along instruments which include a new dosimeter operated by study co-author and physicist Robert Wimmer-Schweingruber of…
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