Study says too much time on moon could lead to health risks for astronauts

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Nearly full moon on April 6, 2020. (Photo: Picture The South)

BEIJING (WWAY) – A new study found that too much exposure on the moon’s surface could pose health risks to astronauts.

The journal “Science Advances” studied lunar radiation levels and found that it’s 200 times the level of radiation on earth.

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The study’s author says the moon’s radiation is 200 times higher than on the surface of the Earth and five to ten times higher than on a flight from New York to Germany. The study notes that astronauts would be exposed to these levels much longer than passengers on transatlantic flights.

On the Artemis moon mission in 2024, the astronauts are expected to stay on the lunar surface for a week and conduct at least two moonwalks.

Scientists used data collected from China’s “Chang’e Four” robotic spacecraft, which landed on the far side of the moon in January 2019. Radiation is the energy that is emitted in electromagnetic waves or particles. Too much radiation could lead to cataracts, cancer, or degenerative diseases.