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The U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Agency has unveiled an ambitious plan to send humans to the moon and Mars within the next two decades. But there is a fundamental question NASA must answer: Can a human body survive the 34 million-mile (55 million-kilometer) voyage to the red planet? Agilent subsidiary Dako is helping to answer that question. Here on Earth, we are protected from cosmic radiation exposure by a protective global magnetosphere. There would be no such protection in space. Previous studies have shown that heavy ions can impair brain tissue and accelerate aging . A new study at Georgetown University suggests that cosmic radiation could literally destroy your gut . Researc... Full story

18 October