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Posted November 19. 2013 12:30PM

UNH researcher's work offers insights into deep space hazards humans and robots will face

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That "backsplash" of protons, which was discovered by CRaTER and is known as the moon's radiation "albedo," is caused by the partial reflection of galactic cosmic rays off the moon's surface. This creates a surprising one-two punch of deadly radiation and can also be used to peer below the lunar surface like a geological probe.