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Cosmic radiation constraints on space exploration

Cosmic radiation constraints on space exploration

Nuclear Tracks & Radiation Measurements 20(3): 397-401

The hazard from cosmic radiation is examined using present cosmic ray models and the current definition of the quality factor. Current crew exposure limits are also assumed. Cosmic radiation is found to place strong constraints on manned missions to Mars. A workshop to discuss new measurements and models of galactic cosmic ray fluxes was held in August 1991. The motivation for the workship will be explained by describing how galactic cosmic radiation constrains plans for manned space exploration and why an accurate knowledge of the absolute cosmic ray fluxes is needed to plan a manned mission to Mars.

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DOI: 10.1016/1359-0189(92)90023-o

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