BU’s CRaTER starts orbiting the moon on June 23.

Barely 60 minutes after Thursday’s launch of NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, the BU-developed Cosmic Ray Telescope for the Effects of Radiation instrument was turned on to begin measuring radiation levels. Over the next 12 months, CRaTER will provide data to help Harlan Spence, its developer, assess the risks of the harsh lunar and deep space radiation environment for human survival when astronauts return to the moon in 2020.

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

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