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Space Weather on the Surface of Mars: Impact of the September 2017 Events

Hassler, D. M. and Zeitlin, C. and Ehresmann, B. and Wimmer-Schweingruber, R. F. and Guo, J. and Matthiä, D. and Rafkin, S. and Berger, T. and Reitz, G. (2018) Space Weather on the Surface of Mars: Impact of the September 2017 Events. Space Weather. Wiley. DOI: 10.1029/2018SW001959 ISSN 1542-7390

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1029/2018SW001959

Abstract

Although solar activity is declining as the Sun approaches solar minimum, a series of large solar storms occurred in September 2017 that impacted both Earth and Mars. This was the largest event seen on the surface of Mars by the Radiation Assessment Detector (RAD) on the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) Curiosity rover since landing in 2012, and was also observed as GLE72 on Earth, making it the first event observed to produce a Ground Level Enhancement (GLE) on 2 planets at the same time. We present RAD observations of the surface radiation environment since 2012, and discuss the impact of the September 2017 events on this environment, and its implications for human exploration and for mitigating the risk of space radiation and space weather events for future manned missions to Mars.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/121538/
Document Type:Article
Title:Space Weather on the Surface of Mars: Impact of the September 2017 Events
Authors:
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthors ORCID iD
Hassler, D. M.Southwest Research Institute, Boulder, CO, USA; hassler (at) boulder.swri.eduhttps://orcid.org/0000-0001-8830-1200
Zeitlin, C.Leidos Innovations Corporation, Houston, TX, USAhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-1737-141X
Ehresmann, B.Southwest Research Institute, Boulder, CO, USAhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-5956-5722
Wimmer-Schweingruber, R. F.Christian Albrechts University (CAU), Kiel, Germanyhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-7388-173X
Guo, J.Christian Albrechts University (CAU), Kiel, Germanyhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-8707-076X
Matthiä, D.Radiation Biology Department, Institute of Aerospace Medicine, German Aerospace Center (DLR), Cologne, Germany; Daniel.Matthiae (at) dlr.dehttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-1507-0143
Rafkin, S.Southwest Research Institute, Boulder, CO, USAUNSPECIFIED
Berger, T.Radiation Biology Department, Institute of Aerospace Medicine, German Aerospace Center (DLR), Cologne, Germany; Thomas.Berger (at) dlr.dehttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-3319-5740
Reitz, G.Radiation Biology Department, Institute of Aerospace Medicine, German Aerospace Center (DLR), Cologne, Germany;https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5045-0761
Date:30 August 2018
Journal or Publication Title:Space Weather
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:No
In SCOPUS:Yes
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
DOI :10.1029/2018SW001959
Publisher:Wiley
ISSN:1542-7390
Status:Published
Keywords:space radiation and space weather, Mars, Mars Science Laboratory (MSL), Radiation Assessment Detector (RAD), solar activity, September 2017 Event, human Exploration, future manned missions to Mars
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:Research under Space Conditions
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R FR - Forschung unter Weltraumbedingungen
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - Vorhaben Strahlenbiologie, L - no assignment, R - Vorhaben MSL-Radiation
Location: Köln-Porz
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Aerospace Medicine > Radiation Biology
Deposited By: Kopp, Kerstin
Deposited On:12 Sep 2018 09:24
Last Modified:14 Dec 2019 04:20

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