Cosmic rays huge space exploration hurdle

New Scientist: Cosmic rays may prevent long-haul space travel (via Slashdot)

The radiation encountered on a journey to Mars and back could well kill space travellers, experts have warned. Astronauts would be bombarded by so much cosmic radiation that one in 10 of them could die from cancer.

The crew of any mission to Mars would also suffer increased risks of eye cataracts, loss of fertility and genetic defects in their children, according to a study by the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

Well, that sucks.

(How do you like the title of my post? I was going for “standard news article”, unfettered by helpful things like prepositions. Sometimes it works out okay, and sometimes it doesn’t.)