posted on Jul, 30 2006 @ 12:33 PM
Radiation is only one of a many concerns on getting to Mars intact. There's also other crew survival stuff and it gets worse if you want to land on
Mars. I'll just talk about the radiation as the discussion seems to focus on that. The easiest way to get around the radiation is a magnetic field.
The thing about the earth's magnetic field is that it is WEAK. Really weak (.3-.6 Gauss), it's useful because it's so damn big. A similar
representation would be useful on the trip to Mars. I figure outriggers with field generators can be placed on the craft so that the magnetic fields
don't screw with sensitive electronics. This should help, radiation shielding is required regardless because that alone won't do it and redundancy
on long space flight is good. Radiation is one of many concerns on long spaceflight.