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The reason for the SR2S project is to explore the issues of radiation protection for astronauts as this is the issue which is preventing space missions beyond short Apollo missions.

As the recent NASA Curiosity rover proved, a mission to Mars would expose astronauts to an extremely high level of radiation just on the journey to and from Mars, nevermind the dangers when on the planet itself.

This project is to investigate, design and develop a magnetic shield technology to protect astronauts from space radiation which will enable and support space science and exploration.

But what are the radiation issues currently in space that has resulted in this project ?

Our good friends at Space.com have put together a short video to explain the issues of space radiation and why new technologies are vital.

Radiation issues for manned Mars mission

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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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Current Project Status

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.

Next Project Milestone

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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