A new study from Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine (WFIRM) scientists into the health risks of space radiation exposure shows a potentially greater risk than previously thought. For humans to safely travel into deep space to eventually reach Mars, more understanding is needed about the effects of space travel on their health.
Radiation exposure is believed to be one of the most dangerous aspects of traveling to Mars. The average distance to the red planet is 140 million miles, and a roundtrip could take three years. The latest study was published in a “Stem Cells and Microgravity” special issue of the journal Stem Cells and Development.