Mars' surface radiation environment measured with the Mars Science Laboratory's Curiosity rover

Hassler, Donald M., Zeitlin, Cary, Wimmer-Schweingruber, Robert F., Ehresmann, Bent, Rafkin, Scot, Eigenbrode, Jennifer L., Brinza, David E., Weigle, Gerald, Böttcher, Stephan, Martin, Cesar, Reitz, Guenther, Cucinotta, Francis A., Kim, Myung-Hee, Grinspoon, David, Bullock, Mark A., Posner, Arik, Gómez-Elvira, Javier, Vasavada, Ashwin, Grotzinger, John P., MSL Science Team and Vasconcelos, Paulo (2013) Mars' surface radiation environment measured with the Mars Science Laboratory's Curiosity rover. Science, ScienceXpress 1244797.1-1244797.11. doi:10.1126/science.1244797

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Author Hassler, Donald M.
Zeitlin, Cary
Wimmer-Schweingruber, Robert F.
Ehresmann, Bent
Rafkin, Scot
Eigenbrode, Jennifer L.
Brinza, David E.
Weigle, Gerald
Böttcher, Stephan
Martin, Cesar
Reitz, Guenther
Cucinotta, Francis A.
Kim, Myung-Hee
Grinspoon, David
Bullock, Mark A.
Posner, Arik
Gómez-Elvira, Javier
Vasavada, Ashwin
Grotzinger, John P.
MSL Science Team
Vasconcelos, Paulo
Title Mars' surface radiation environment measured with the Mars Science Laboratory's Curiosity rover
Journal name Science   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0036-8075
Publication date 2013-12-09
Year available 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1126/science.1244797
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume ScienceXpress
Start page 1244797.1
End page 1244797.11
Total pages 11
Place of publication Washington, DC, United States
Publisher American Association for the Advancement of Science
Language eng
Formatted abstract
The Radiation Assessment Detector (RAD) on the Mars Science Laboratory’s Curiosity rover began making detailed measurements of the cosmic ray and energetic particle radiation environment on the surface of Mars on 7 August 2012. We report and discuss measurements of the absorbed dose and dose equivalent from galactic cosmic rays and solar energetic particles on the Martian surface for ~300 days of observations during the current solar maximum. These measurements provide insight into the radiation hazards associated with a human mission to the surface of Mars, and provide an anchor point to model the subsurface radiation environment, with implications for microbial survival times of any possible extant or past life, as well as for the preservation of potential organic biosignatures of the ancient Martian environment.
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Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published online December 9 2013.

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