HOME >> BIOLOGY >> NEWS
Space radiation threats to astronauts addressed in federal research study

A better understanding of solar storms and how best to protect astronauts from space radiation is needed as NASA pushes toward manned missions to the moon and Mars in the coming decades, according to a new National Research Council report.

Researchers have been stepping up studies on radiation biology and space shielding in recent years, said the University of Colorado at Boulder's Daniel Baker, chair of the committee that issued an NRC report this week titled, "Space Radiation Hazards and the Vision for Space Exploration." The report probes the physical risks and technology obstacles of extended space journeys and is tied to a 2004 presidential mandate to return to the moon by 2020 and then send human travelers on to Mars, said Baker, director of CU-Boulder's Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics.

Baker, an internationally known space weather expert, said the report brought together space physicists and radiation biologists, amplifying common interests between the groups. "This was an important step," he said. "One of the benefits of this report is that we are beginning to lower the error bar on the health impacts of space radiation to astronauts, and are looking hard at other challenges like more accurate solar forecasting and improved space engineering techniques."

Astronauts are regularly exposed to high doses of radiation, including galactic cosmic rays -- thought to come from distant supernova explosions -- as well as energetic particles from the sun and charged particles trapped in Earth's magnetic field, he said.

Potential health effects include leukemia and other cancers, and degenerative tissue effects like cataracts, heart disease, digestive diseases and respiratory diseases, according to the report.

Radiation also can cause damage to the central nervous system and cause acute risks like vomiting and nausea, said Baker.

"One concern is that astronauts could become ill from space
'"/>

Contact: Daniel Baker
daniel.baker@lasp.colorado.edu
303-492-4509
University of Colorado at Boulder
25-Oct-2006


Page: 1 2

Related biology news :

1. Space-borne sensors help Africa tackle water shortage problems
2. Space technology to help hospitals contain spread of avian flu infection
3. Earth from Space: Iceberg knocks the block off Drygalski Ice Tongue
4. Space service for wetlands protection on show at Ramsar COP
5. Earth from Space: unique Arctic landscape surveyed by Proba
6. Space matters: Estimating species diversity in the fossil record
7. Space measurements of carbon offer clearer view of Earths climate future
8. Brightly colored birds most affected by Chernobyl radiation
9. Enzyme delivered in smaller package protects cells from radiation damage
10. Virtual Patient to simulate real-time organ motions for radiation therapy
11. Einstein researchers discover radiation-eating fungi

Post Your Comments:
(Date:4/2/2015)... , April 2, 2015 ... Q1 2015 attributed to somewhat higher than 125 MSEK. ... the year-end report 2014 that revenues for Q1 2015 ... the company reported for Q4 2014. The operating result ... be negative. The complete interim report will as previously ...
(Date:3/31/2015)... March 31, 2015  Elephant Talk Communications Corp. (NYSE ... provider of Software Defined Network Architecture (ET Software DNA® ... revenue of approximately $20.4 million for the year ended ... million for the year ended December 31, 2013. ... Company had completed its multi-year transition away from its ...
(Date:3/24/2015)... , Mar. 24, 2015 Research and Markets ... of the "Global Iris Recognition Market 2015-2019" ... the Global Iris Recognition market to grow at a ... This report covers the present scenario and the ... the period 2015-2019. To calculate the market size, the ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):Fingerprint Cards Revises Revenues for Q1 2015 2Elephant Talk Reports 2014 Fourth Quarter and Year End Financial Results 2Elephant Talk Reports 2014 Fourth Quarter and Year End Financial Results 3Elephant Talk Reports 2014 Fourth Quarter and Year End Financial Results 4Elephant Talk Reports 2014 Fourth Quarter and Year End Financial Results 5Elephant Talk Reports 2014 Fourth Quarter and Year End Financial Results 6Global Iris Recognition Market 2015-2019 with 3M Cogent, Bioenable Technologies, Cross Match Technology, Iris ID Systems & Safran Dominating 2
(Date:4/20/2015)... April 20, 2015   Meditope Biosciences, Inc ., ... proprietary technology, today announced presentation of data demonstrating the ... of antibody-drug conjugates (ADCs). The data were presented in an ... April 18-22 in Philadelphia . ... which point to the many commercial applications that may ...
(Date:4/17/2015)... April 17, 2015  Centrillion Technologies, a ... grant from the National Human Genome Research ... Health (NIH). The grant will help fund ... development of breakthrough genomic technologies, including phased ... substrates. Centrillion has been developing this transformative ...
(Date:4/17/2015)... , April 17, 2015  Guggenheim Securities, the ... today announced the hiring of William Tanner ... Mr. Tanner will start work at Guggenheim ... York office. "Bill brings a ... research, to our experienced and highly acclaimed healthcare team," ...
(Date:4/17/2015)... BellBrook Labs announced today that they ... powerful Orthogonal Pooled Screening (OPS) Platform developed and ... Lankenau Institute for Medical Research (LCGC) in Wynnewood, ... successful drug discovery outcomes using far more efficient ... available nowhere else, coupled to a state-of-the-art compound ...
Breaking Biology Technology:Meditope Biosciences Presents Data At The American Association Of Cancer Research (AACR) Annual Meeting Validating Its SnAP Technology Platform 2Guggenheim Securities Hires Biotech Analyst William Tanner in Expansion of Healthcare Coverage 2BellBrook Labs and Lankenau Institute Partner to Accelerate Drug Discovery using Orthogonal Pooled Screening 2
Cached News: