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About the MARE experiment

The German Aerospace Center (DLR) is leading the MARE experiment. The main project partners are the Israeli Space Agency (ISA), the Israeli industrial partner StemRad, which developed the AstroRad protective vest, as well as Lockheed Martin and NASA. MARE, in its complexity and in its international collaboration with numerous universities and research institutions from Europe, Japan and the USA, represents the largest experiment to determine radiation exposure for astronauts that has ever left low-Earth orbit. It provides fundamental data for assessing the radiation risk for the upcoming crewed flights to the Moon.

USA and Europe fly to the Moon with Artemis

NASA’s Artemis I mission will see the first, initially uncrewed Orion capsule fly to the Moon, orbit it and return to Earth. The capsule will be propelled and powered by the European Service Module (ESM), which was built with German technology, primarily in Bremen. The flight time will be between 26 and 42 days. The MARE experiment is included as what is known as a secondary or scientific payload. This means that both phantoms must function independently of the spacecraft. From power supply to data storage – all functions will be completely independent of the Orion capsule. NASA’s new lunar programme was named Artemis in reference to the Apollo missions. Artemis is the Moon goddess and twin sister of Apollo in Greek mythology.

For more information on the Artemis I mission, visit DLR’s dedicated mission page. You can find numerous pictures of the MARE experiment in the project’s flickr gallery.

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