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From such a perch, astronauts could use remote-controlled robots to explore the Martian surface and retrieve samples - from the planet as well as the moon itself - for later close-up study on Earth. This would avoid the need to develop expensive hardware to land humans on a body with substantial gravity, like Mars.
Originally posted by GrayFox
Too much radiation on Mars? There's plenty of radiation in space (referring to the ISS and everything else manned we've sent up).
Originally posted by johnmhinds
The ISS is protected from the worst of the solar radiation by Earths gravity.
Originally posted by Phage
reply to post by InfaRedMan
Even though its very thin, the atmosphere of Mars would provide a pretty fair amount of protection...once you get there.
Right now we don't really have any materials suitable for physical shielding of cosmic rays but research is ongoing. As you say, I don't think it's an insurmountable problem and the solution is likely to be a combination of shielding materials and some kind of electromagnetic shielding.
Originally posted by brocket99
I've yet to see anyone explain how our astronauts got through the Van Allen radiation belt to get to the moon, let alone Mars.
Originally posted by buddhasystem
Magnetic shielding will work only for softer part of the spectrum, and there'll be showers inside the craft.