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A gem of a material could provide a shield for spacecraft

Image of NASA's Ingenuity Mars Helicopter taken by the Perseverance rover.

Carbon-fibre composites, which have been used on spacecraft such as the Mars helicopter Ingenuity, could be shielded from space radiation by a polymer-carbon coating. Credit: NASA/JPL-CALTECH/LANL/CNES/CNRS/SPL

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Nature 615, 769 (2023)



  1. Delkowski, M., Smith, C. T. G., Anguita, J. V. & Silva, S. R. P. Sci. Adv. 9, eadd6947 (2023).

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