Design and shielding for a future Moon habitat

SCK•CEN Mentor

Moreels Marjan,, +32 (0)14 33 28 16

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SCK•CEN Co-mentor

Baatout Sarah , , +32 (0)14 33 27 29


The Moon is a unique scientific resource, only a few days away from Earth, and is the next destination for human exploration. One of the current goals of the different international space agencies is to demonstrate technologies and equipment for future manned lunar missions. In this regard, in the context of a lunar habitat, it is of utmost importance to further understand the lunar radiation environment, and how humans can be protected.


The main aim of the thesis is to perform a literature research in order to design a Moon habitat including specific radiation shielding.

More specifically the focus will be on:

- different radiation types to be expected on the Moon surface

- various designs of a Moon basis to see what rooms would be needed and how protected they should be in function of the activities to be performed in them

- make an overview of the potential shielding materials to be used in future Lunar habitats (natural shielding, chemical shielding, biological shielding material).

In addition, the thesis will include in vitro biological experiments with human cells, that will be exposed to different radiation doses, combined with different shielding materials. Radiation detectors will be included in these experiments.

The minimum diploma level of the candidate needs to be

Academic bachelor , Professional bachelor

The candidate needs to have a background in

Bio-engineering , Other