Our Radioactive Moon

in #science22 days ago

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

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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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