Our Radioactive Moon

in #science22 days ago

Scientists found that the Moon is surprisingly radioactive. At least according to the Chinese.


Image by Pezibear from Pixabay

The data was collected by the Chinese probe Chang’e 4. Your average daily dose of radiation is 1,369 microsieverts. Just to give you a comparison the astronauts at the International Space Station receive 2.6 fewer times radiation than on the Moon. And a single chest x-ray would expose you to just 0.1 microsieverts. The radiation levels that we measured on the Moon are roughly 200times higher than on the surface of the Earth and 5 to 10 times higher than if you’d take a flight from New York to Frankfurt.

And since the astronauts are exposed to these levels of radiation for much longer than you spend on a flight it is starting to become a considerable amount of radiation. This means we will have to take these findings into account as we are getting ready to head back to the Moon during the Artemis missions.


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