Measuring radiation levels on the moon to later visit Mars

To determine the lunar radiation environment on the Moon, as a prelude to going to Mars, NASA will launch, on June 17th, the Lunar Reconaissance Orbiter with a Cosmic Ray Telescope developed by Harlan Spence, professor of astronomy. The instrument will include plastic “skin,” to study how the Moon’s radiation levels affect humans over time.

Contact Harlan Spence, 617-353-7421, spence@bu.edu

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