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Getting ready for the manned mission to Mars: the astronauts’ risk from space radiation

Hellweg, Christine E. and Baumstark-Khan, Christa (2007) Getting ready for the manned mission to Mars: the astronauts’ risk from space radiation. Naturwissenschaften, 94, pp. 517-526. Springer Berlin / Heidelberg. doi: 10.1007/s00114-006-0204-0.

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Abstract

Space programmes are shifting towards planetary exploration and, in particular, towards missions by human beings to the Moon and to Mars. Radiation is considered to be one of the major hazards for personnel in space and has emerged as the most critical issue to be resolved for longterm missions both orbital and interplanetary. The two cosmic sources of radiation that could impact a mission outside the Earth’s magnetic field are solar particle events (SPE) and galactic cosmic rays (GCR). Exposure to the types of ionizing radiation encountered during space travel may cause a number of health-related problems, but the primary concern is related to the increased risk of cancer induction in astronauts. Predictions of cancer risk and acceptable radiation exposure in space are extrapolated from minimal data and are subject to many uncertainties. The paper describes present-day estimates of equivalent doses from GCR and solar cosmic radiation behind various shields and radiation risks for astronauts on a mission to Mars.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/48225/
Document Type:Article
Title:Getting ready for the manned mission to Mars: the astronauts’ risk from space radiation
Authors:
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iD
Hellweg, Christine E.UNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Baumstark-Khan, ChristaUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date:2007
Journal or Publication Title:Naturwissenschaften
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In SCOPUS:No
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
Volume:94
DOI:10.1007/s00114-006-0204-0
Page Range:pp. 517-526
Publisher:Springer Berlin / Heidelberg
Status:Published
Keywords:Space, Galactic cosmic rays, Solar cosmic radiation, Astronauts’ radiation risk
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport (old)
HGF - Program:Space (old)
HGF - Program Themes:W FR - Forschung unter Weltraumbedingungen (old)
DLR - Research area:Space
DLR - Program:W FR - Forschung unter Weltraumbedingungen
DLR - Research theme (Project):W - Vorhaben Strahlenbiologie (old)
Location: Köln-Porz
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Aerospace Medicine > Radiation Biology
Deposited By: Kopp, Kerstin
Deposited On:17 Aug 2007
Last Modified:27 Apr 2009 13:44

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