Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Home Grown Radiation Protection On Mars?

Back on March 31, 2005, in a post on biomimetics called "Shellfish in Space" (here) we speculated that the large radiation bands on Mars could provide natural protection for human colonists.

Now the author of the space-oriented website Beyond Earth has suggested the same thing based on the new evidence that the magnetic fields we wrote about last year are strong enough to cause auroras on Mars. (Here.) Beyond Earth's post includes detailed information on the radiation environment found on Mars and methods for mitigating the danger.

Now if only we could get somebody to speed up the timeline for human exploration of the Red Planet.

-tdr

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Thanks for citing my article from Beyond Earth. It is nice to know there are others out there informing the general public about why it is about time for humanity to leave its womb, and why it is so doable thanks to the technological progress of the last 50 years. Will keep posting new stuff on my blog.
 
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