If humanity is ever going to travel to Mars and live off world, new ways for dealing with the radiation problem (which can fry your brain) have to be dealt with.

Scientists have discovered a nano particle that may help astronauts become resistant towards the side affects of radiation, a minor step enabling our species to live on other worlds.

(Space Daily) Researchers at the Kimmel Cancer Center at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia say the nanoparticle, DF-1, might be part of a “new class of radioprotective agents” that help protect normal tissue from radiation damage just as well as standard drugs.

The scientists have shown DF-1 — a soccer ball-shaped, hollow, carbon-based structure known as a fullerene — is as good as two other antioxidant drugs and the FDA-approved drug Amifostine in offering protection from radiation.

Drugs, combined with radiation shielding may enable people to travel across the stars–as well as live on other worlds. Most planets and moons within our solar system lack a magnetic field, exposing them to solar and cosmic radiation.

Drugs like these may prove effective for not only visiting other worlds, but raising children on them as well.

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