We might make it beyond Mars—but only if we can build radiation shieldsby Frank Close / December 22, 2015 / Leave a comment
When Major Tim Peake arrived at the International Space Station, it was the climax to a dream that began for me 11 years ago. In 2004 the Royal Astronomical Society asked me to chair a review of the pros and cons of Human Space Exploration. The United Kingdom had a long and successful tradition in robotic ventures into space, but had held back from exploration by humans.
Small is beautiful, so I kept the committee to just three people. My colleagues were Ken Pounds, former chief executive of the Particle Ph…