October 11th, 2012

Proton center helping to make travel safe for astronauts

Exploding stars, cosmic rays, powerful particle forces — these are all solar events that we’re protected from on earth. But in space, radiation from these sources can affect the health of humans in significant ways.
According to Dr. Ann Kennedy, professor of radiation biology in the Department of Radiation Oncology at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, the major type of radiation that’s of concern is proton radiation. Kennedy is one of the team leaders appointed by the National Space Biomedical Research Institute (NSBRI), which works closely with NASA, to study the effects of radiation on astronauts for long-duration spaceflights that are expected to take place in the near future.