How to protect astronauts from space radiation on Mars?

SCK•CEN Mentor

Moreels Marjan, mmoreels@sckcen.be, +32 (0)14 33 28 16

Expert group

Radiobiology

SCK•CEN Co-mentor

Baatout Sarah , sbaatout@sckcen.be , +32 (0)14 33 27 29

Introduction

Space radiation can penetrate habitats, spacecraft, equipment, spacesuits, and can harm astronauts. Minimizing the physiological changes caused by space radiation exposure is one of the biggest challenges in keeping astronauts fit and healthy as they travel through the solar system. As mentioned previously, ionizing radiation is a serious problem that can cause damage to all parts of the body including the central nervous system, skin, gastrointestinal tract, skeletal system, and the blood forming organs. However, biological damage due to radiation can be mitigated through implementation of countermeasures that are designed to reduce radiation exposure and its effects.

Objective

During this internship a literature review of the different shielding options for exploration class missions will be performed.

The minimum diploma level of the candidate needs to be

Professional bachelor , Academic bachelor

The candidate needs to have a background in

Physics , Bio-engineering