Astronauts on Mars may suffer brain damage: Study suggests

Astronauts on Mars may suffer brain damage: Study suggests

Astronauts on Mars may suffer brain damage: Study suggests

Written by Staff Writer

03 May, 2015 | 1:20 pm

Astronauts exploring the solar system on a Mars mission might experience brain damage because of exposure to space radiation, a new study suggests.

If the results are confirmed by other research, they could have implications for the feasibility of NASA’s planned Mars mission, set to take place sometime in the 2030s.

In the study, published Friday in the journal Science Advances, scientists bombarded mice with doses of charged particles that simulate those that astronauts would be exposed to on a trip to Mars. The researchers’ goal was to see how the brains of the rodents changed afterward, and the results weren’t exactly heartening for future space explorers.

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