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The ExoMars spacecraft measured radiation in deep space to help keep future astronauts safe

The news isn't great, but it's not a showstopper either.
an astronaut takes a selfie in space


Cosmic and solar radiation may limit how much time humans can spend in space, and a three year mission to Mars will push that limit.


Visiting Mars is dangerous. Astronauts will have to survive six months in deep space to get there, a year and a half on the surface before they could feasibly take off for Earth, and another six months traveling home. That’s two and a half years cut off from Earth’s bountiful resources, so the first crew will have to pack a lot of oxygen and water, top-notch CO2 scrubbers and urine.

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