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The September 2015 issue of "Science Et Vie" contains an article featuring the SR2S project, with quotes from project partner CEA's Bertrand Baudouy and from SR2S Project Coordinator Roberto Battiston.

Appearing on page 38 of the magazine, the article is titled "Un Bouchlier Est En Préparation Pour Les Astronautes". In it, journalist M.F. focusses on the work undertaken by SR2S and CEA in developing a new shielding system for astronauts for future long-term space travel, including a mission to Mars.

The article reads:

"C'est la solution la plus crédible", assure Bertrand Baudouy. "Les blindages utilisés actuellement sont trop lourds et ne protègent pas des particules à haute énergie."

Le physicien du CEA (Commissariat à l'énergie atomique) s'apprête à rendre sa copie: au sein d'une équipe menée par l'Institut de physique nucléaire italien, il a travaillé à la conception d'un bouclier magnétique capable de faire écran aux rayons cosmiques et aux particules solaires. De quoi protéger les astronautes en dehors de la magnétosphère protectrice de la Terre ... durant un long voyage , jusqu'à la planète rouge, par exemple.

"C'est l'un des gros problèmes à résoudre pour pouvoir programmer une mission vers Mars", précise Roberto Battiston, président de l'Agence spatiale italienne, qui coordonne le projet.

Durant un an, les chercheurs ont exploré toutes les configurations possibles, travaillé les matériaux, le refroidissement .. et sont parvenus à brosser les contours d'un bouclier efficace: une structure d'aimants supraconducteurs déployés sous la forme d'un réseau de fils qui entoure la navette. Reste à tester un prototype.

 

Below is an image iof the article as it originally appeard in the magazine.

 

Science et Vie

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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