Mars-Bound Rover Feels Wrath of Sun’s Radiation

Last week, as the sun crackled with flare activity and launched a succession of coronal mass ejections (CMEs), it wasn’t only Earth that felt the sun’s wrath.

Currently gliding its way toward Mars, NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) detected the sun’s temper tantrum — radiation carried by the CME that was launched on Jan. 22 washed over the robot.

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