After reading FiveThirtyEight.com‘s series on Mars this past week, I’m beginning to wonder how much fun Matt Damon could’ve really had on the red planet in The Martian.
One hurdle that was consistently brought up in the series was the radiation exposure astronauts would be subjected to on the journey there, as well as on the planet once they touch down. It’s something I had never considered when thinking about the fun ideas Elon Musk and others have proposed in the past several years. To be honest, it will throw cold water on every sci fi movie/show/game I will experience going forward.
Think about it. How do they get around that in any of these stories? It’s never been addressed as far as I can remember, despite it being such a fundamental challenge for space travel. Fortunately, we have some brilliant minds working on a solution or two for this problem, so perhaps my belief won’t have to be suspended for too long, you know, in fiction?
— Mike Allen
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