Skip Navigation
Search

Radiation Effects

Radiation Effects

Astronaut Sunita Williams, Expedition 32, appears to touch the sun while working outside the ISS. Exposure to the sun's radiation is a major problem for those living and working in space.
Courtesy of NASA.

What are the radiation risks for space travel? Radiation exposures during space travel may kill cells, weaken the immune system, cause mutations and have other effects that can lead to cancer, cataracts, cardiovascular and central nervous system injuries and other disorders.

Current research projects cut across several program areas to determine 1) the risks associated with various types of radiation for the production of acute effects and the development of malignancies, and 2) whether it is possible to reduce these risks through pharmaceutical and nutritional interventions.

Learn about the latest research discoveries with Ann R. Kennedy, PhD, as she discusses the potential dangers and effects of radiation on space travelers, and ways in which the risks can be reduced.

Companion slide set to the video, "Radiation Effects,"

Please log in to rate this page.

View Comments
Author(s): Ann R. Kennedy, PhD
Slide Tray:
0 slides
View Empty Download
Slides: 1–12 of 18

Radiation Effects

Ionizing Radiation I

Ionizing Radiation II

NASA Space Radiation Laboratory

Heavy Ions

DNA Damage

Pertinent Radiation Terminology I

Perinent Radiation Terminology II

Pertinent Radiation Terminology III

Researchers of the NSBRI Radiation Effects Team

Doses of Radiation Received During a Solar Particle Event Can Cause Dramatic Decreases in Blood Cell Numbers

Super Prominence 9/14/1999 (Solar Particle Event)

Pages: [1] 2 Next

Funded by the following grant(s)

National Space Biomedical Research Institute

National Space Biomedical Research Institute

This work was supported by National Space Biomedical Research Institute through NASA cooperative agreement NCC 9-58.

Comments