An Israeli company has commenced a joint R&D projectto have its radiation defense shiels adapted for deep spave exploration.
An Israeli company is partnering with Lockheed Martin for joint researchand development (R&D) to see if its radiation shielding technology - initially designed to protect nuclear first responders from gamma radiation - can be used to defend astronauts exploring deep space.
Rats were exposed to radiation levels similar to that found in deep space. Serious lapses in attention occurred in 64% of the sensitive animals. Increase in impulsiveness took place in 45% and slower reaction in 27%. Difference based on a rat's specific resilience after exposure to radiation.
If same proves true in humans, scientists could identify those more susceptible to radiation before the brain becomes permanently damaged.
Planet Earth is protected from cosmic radiation by a combination of active and passive shields. Together they reduce the absorbed dose by a factor of 50 when compared to the levels absorbed by astronauts on the International Space Station.
A scientist in the UK research station in Antartica has commenced studies on how people adapt to life in space during prolonged space missions.
NASA is celebrating. The Mars rover has now successfully travelled the distance of a marathon on Mars. It only took 11 years and two months to travel 42 kilometres (the distance of a marathon).
The CEO of the Mars One Mission has responded to Professor Joseph Roche's criticism of the mission, refuting all commentary from the candidate as "hopelessly flawed".
The SR2S project, as you know, is focused on radiation protection for astronauts, but that is just one cog in the wheel in embarking on deep space missions. The BBC have enlisted the help of a team of scientists from Imperial College London to discuss and design a mission to send astronauts to Mars, our nearest neighbour, some 56 million km away. They even discuss the issue of radiation protection for the astronauts whilst travelling to the Red Planet.
NASA has recently launched a multi billion dollar mission to study planets magnetic Fields.
NASA have released an interactive image of what the surface on Mars looks like taken from their Curiosity rover.
The image was generated from the rover’s three cameras over several days using software company GigaPan to capture the panoramic photo. This is the first NASA-produced image from the surface of Mars and is composed of around 900 frames from Curiosity’s cameras.
NASA’s planned Mars 2020 rover likely will both continue the astrobiological exploration of Mars begun by the Curiosity rover and provide stepping stones to the next stages of Martian exploration.
Two weeks ago, NASA’s Mars 2020 rover Science Definition Team (SDT) delivered its report recommending the science goals for the mission. Probably to the surprise of no one, the team recommended essentially the same science goals as had several previous SDTs on what NASA’s next mission to Mars should do.
NASA has picked eight Americans, a mix of scientists and military pilots, to begin training for future space missions that may one day launch them all the way to Mars. The new class includes four men and four women who will join the 49 active astronauts at the agency's astronaut corps at the Johnson Space Center in Houston.
The new U.S. space travelers, which NASA unveiled today (June 17), could be part of the first crews to visit an asteroid or Mars, deep-space goals that NASA aims to explore. They could also be the first people to launch to space on a U.S.-built rocket since the era of the space shuttle, which ended in 2011.
Edwin ("Buzz") Aldrin recently published an article in The New York Times discussing his view of Mars in the context of current space exploration.
Aldrin, the second man to walk on the moon, is co-author of the book “Mission to Mars: My Vision for Space Exploration”.
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.
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.