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Measuring Radiation on Mars
The Radiation Assessment Detector on the Mars Science Laboratory is an energetic particle analyzer designed to characterize the broad spectrum of energetic particle radiation on the surface of Mars The radiation environment on Mars is a key life-limiting factor which directly affects habitability and the ability to sustain life on the red planet.

RAD Measures Radiation en Route to Mars
The Radiation Assessment Detector, the first instrument on NASA's next rover mission to Mars to begin science operations, was powered up and began collecting data Dec. 6, 2011. RAD is the only instrument scheduled to collect science data on the journey to Mars. The instrument is measuring the energetic particles inside the spacecraft to characterize the radiation environment an astronaut would experience on a future human mission to the Red Planet.
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