(CNN) – A new study has found that excessive exposure on the lunar surface could pose health risks to astronauts.
Science Advances magazine studied the lunar radiation levels and found that they are 200 times higher than Earth’s.
The scientists used data collected by the Chinese Chang’e 4 robotic spacecraft, which landed on the opposite side of the moon in January 2019.
Radiation is the energy emitted in electromagnetic waves or particles.
The study’s author states that the moon’s radiation is 200 times that of the Earth’s surface and five to 1
But astronauts would be exposed to these levels much longer than passengers on transatlantic flights.
Too much radiation could lead to cataracts, cancer, or degenerative diseases.
On the Artemis moon mission in 2024, astronauts are expected to stay on the lunar surface for a week and conduct at least two moon walks.