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On the 10th of April, the Italian Space Agency  (ASI) and the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) signed a collaboration agreement to establish a general framework for mutual collaboration and exchange of information between the Parties, with regard to scientific investigation, research and development, in accordance with their respective tasks and responsibilities.
Project coordinator for the SR2S project, Professor Battiston, who is also the President of the Italian Space Agency signed the agreement on behalf of ASI. CERN is also a project partner of the SR2S project. This EU FP7 funded project has achieved ground breaking results in the design and development of a protective shielding mechanism for astronauts during deep space missions.
This exciting collaboration between the ASI and CERN will include some of the following activities:
• Exchange of information concerning the co-ordination of the broad scientific community in areas of common interest
•Evaluation of opportunities in the framework of European Union programs and initiatives, e.g. Horizon 2020
• Any other areas of common interest
Speaking about this new joint collaboration, Professor Roberto Battiston said:
“The establishment of this collaboration between ASI and CERN will help create an environment for researchers who are interested in studying superconducting for the application of space technologies. We will announce specific research calls for interested researchers in the coming months.”
The objectives of this Agreement will be achieved by the Parties through some of the following activities:
• The exchange of information regarding programmes and projects, research results or publications
• The execution of joint analyses
• The exchange of personnel
• The co-ordination of research and development programmes and projects and their execution based on shared effort
• The joint organization of symposia or conferences
• Joint information and public relations activities
• Training of personnel and educational programs
•Accessibility to irradiation, testing and test beam facilities
•Accessibility to relevant scientific data
•Usage of relevant codes, Monte Carlo tool kits and simulation tools
•Accessibility to other parties research and testing facilities
•Support and participation to technical review, evaluation boards, courses 
Both ASI and CERN conducted a preliminary assessment and a list of potential areas of collaboration were drawn up. Some of the identified areas for collaboration include:
•Advanced materials
•Components and devices
•Space systems and payloads
•Detectors for experiments
•Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generators (RTG) and power generation management
•Superconducting Magnets
•Micro-Sensors and Actuators
•Data Processing and Storage
•Technology transfer and Industrial Development
•Technical support
For further information on ASI and CERN research opportunities please contact Professor Roberto Battiston. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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Radiation issues for manned Mars mission

sidebar radiation article

During the rover's cruise to Mars between December 2011 and July 2012, RAD showed that an astronaut would clock up the same radiation dose in a day that the average American receives in a year. If you exclude medical dosages, it would be 10 times more than the average American.

See original article from The Guardian here.

Materials that Halt Hazardous Space Radiation

Radiation has long been an issue when it comes to space travel. In fact, NASA's Mars rover Curiosity recently confirmed previous research on the hazards of space radiation, revealing that radiation levels on the way to the Red Planet are several hundred times higher than the those humans receive on Earth. Now, scientists may have found a way to shield astronauts from the hazards of this radiation.

See original article from Science World Report here.

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The SR2S project is nearing completion. Project partners presented their technological achievements at the final project dissemination event in Brussels in December 2015. To read more about this event, click here.

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The final project review meeting will take place in January 2016. Further information and final project results will be available after this date.

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