Solar storm on Mars tricks Curiosity rover with radiation spike

India Today June 11, 2024, 11:00 AM UTC

Summary: A solar storm hit Mars after Earth, causing auroras and radiation spikes. NASA's Curiosity rover measured a peak of 8,100 micrograys, equivalent to 30 chest X-rays. The storm's charged particles created "snow" in Curiosity's cameras. MAVEN orbiter observed widespread auroras. Data will aid in planning for radiation hazards on Mars. Developing shelters and warning systems for future human missions is crucial. The storm's impact on Earth and Mars may continue.

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