First Orion Flight Will Assess Radiation Risk As NASA Thinks About Human Mars Missions

The Mars Society's prototype Mars habitat in Utah.  Image Credit: Mars Society MRDS

The Mars Society’s prototype Mars habitat in Utah.
Image Credit: Mars Society MRDS

If you wanna get humans to Mars, there are so many technical hurdles in the way that it will take a lot of hard work. How to help people survive for months on a hostile surface, especially one that is bathed on radiation? And how will we keep those people safe on the long journey there and back?

NASA is greatly concerned about the radiation risk, and is asking the public for help in a new challenge as the agency measures radiation with the forthcoming uncrewed Orion test flight in December. There’s $12,000 up for grabs across at least a few awards, providing you get your ideas into the agency by Dec. 12.

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