cosmic rays

Plastic Protection Against Cosmic Rays?

by Jason Major June 12, 2013

Want to stay on top of all the space news? Follow @universetoday on Twitter It could work, say researchers from the University of New Hampshire and┬áthe Southwest Research Institute. One of the inherent dangers of space travel and long-term exploration missions beyond Earth is the constant barrage of radiation, both from our own Sun and […]

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NASA’s Particle-Hunting ISS-CREAM Will Be Anything But Vanilla

by Jason Major May 30, 2013

Balloon-based research on cosmic particles that began over a century ago will get a big boost next year — all the way up to low-Earth orbit, when NASA’s┬áCosmic Ray Energetics and Mass (CREAM) will be sent to the Space Station thus becoming (are you ready for this?) ISS-CREAM, specifically designed to detect super-high-energy cosmic rays […]

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Curiosity Rover Recovering From Computer Glitch

by Nancy Atkinson March 5, 2013

The Curiosity rover is now out of “safe mode” following a memory problem with its main computer, and the Mars Science Laboratory team expects the rover to resume full operations next week. Controllers switched the rover to a redundant onboard computer, the rover’s “B-side” computer, on Feb. 28 when the “A-side” computer that the rover […]

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Super Good at Collecting Data, Massive Science Balloon Breaks Records

by John Williams February 5, 2013

Super-TIGER prepares for launch from Antarctica. NASA’s Super-TIGER science balloon landed Friday at a frigid and remote base in Antarctica after setting two duration records while gathering data about cosmic rays. There’s so much data that it will take scientists about two years to analyze, according to NASA. Remove this ad

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New Study Shows Cosmic Rays Could Cause Alzheimer’s

by Jason Major January 1, 2013

Humans explore Mars in “Distant Shores,” an illustration by NASA artist Pat Rawlins Cosmic rays from deep space could pose serious health risks to future astronauts on long-duration missions to Mars — even bringing on the memory-destroying symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease, according to the results of a new study from the University of Rochester Medical […]

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