Sunday, September 27, 2020

IT’S NOT CREAM CHEESE, SPOCK

This glowing report just in from China, whose sneaky spacemen have landed on the Dark Side of the Moon (who knew?): the Moon is radioactive! Astronauts landing there would be bombarded with 200 to 1,000 times more radiation than here on Earth. U.S. space radiation experts say “it’s nice” to see their predictions confirmed. Talk about looking on the bright side! What does it mean? That we can forget Star Wars and the SF fantasy of escaping like Superman from our doomed Krypton. It’s probably like that everywhere, so where else would we go? Down with the ship, Captain Kirk.

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) – China’s lander on the far side of the moon is providing the first full measurements of radiation exposure from the lunar surface, vital information for NASA and others aiming to send astronauts to the moon by the end of 2024, the study noted. A Chinese-German team reported on the radiation data collected by the lander – named Chang’e 4 for the Chinese moon goddess – in the U.S. journal Science Advances. Cancer is the primary risk. “Humans are not really made for these radiation levels and should protect themselves when on the moon,” Radiation levels should be pretty much the same all over the moon, except for near the walls of deep craters. Basically, the less you see of the sky, the better. That’s the primary source of the radiation."