Tagged: lunar radiation

LRO: NASA’s first step to returning to the Moon

The most ambitious lunar mission since Apollo 17 in 1992 is set for June 17, when NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) embarks on a year-long exploration — a key first step toward returning humans to the Moon. Harlan Spence, professor of astronomy is leading a team that will study how the lunar radiation environment will […]

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. […]