[ RadSafe ] Mars Dosimetry Mission
JPreisig at aol.com
JPreisig at aol.com
Mon Jul 9 12:58:42 CDT 2012
From: _jpreisig at aol.com_ (mailto:jpreisig at aol.com) .
Hope you all are doing well.
Mars Dosimetry Mission(s)...Not a real USA Space/NASA/Mars Mission
yet, but it should be.
NASA could probably get this launch mission off and running in five
years or less.
It would be an unmanned, conventionally/chemically launched
spacecraft (similar to the Apollo
capsule???) which would be remotely controlled from Earth. The
destination would be Mars,
with a one-way travel time of 3 months to 3 years???
Of course, the primary purpose of this mission would be to get to
Mars and back. The first
such mission wouldn't even need a Mars Landing Module. Such a
landing module could be
included in subsequent manned or unmanned Missions.
The other purpose of such of a mission would be to instrument the
spacecraft with particle (charged
particles, neutrons etc.) detectors, gamma/Xray detectors and
There might possibly be Bonner Multisphere spectrometers and plastic
detectors to measure neutron spectra from thermal neutron energies
to 400 MeV or above.
Some of the detector experiments would be official NASA/DOD/DOE
Other experiments could be planned/designed by high school, college
and/or grad students
etc. as has been done previously.
Something to think about???!!!!
Brookhaven National Lab has a new Health Physics calibration
facility (next to Building 348)
(the NEW??? facility dates back to about 1998 or so). It has an
elevated platform for doing
neutron measurements and a high activity Cs-137 source (if it
indeed was installed as
planned). The new facility is big, roomy, and probably is quite
nice to use. Maybe someone
from the Laboratory (Kahnhauser???) can tell you how the results
there are working out.
Sometimes Trees is a poem by Joyce Kilmer (a Rutgers
Sometimes DU is not Depleted Uranium. It could be
interpreted as a small change in some
U parameter (i.e. delta U). Sometimes DU stands for a Greek
Letter Social fraternity
(I am not a DU). All this is just scattered information.
Take Care... Regards, Joseph R. (Joe) Preisig, PhD
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