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Radiation Effects

Author(s): Ann R. Kennedy, PhD

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

In the future, it is expected that NSBRI's Radiation Effects Team will be primarily focused on acute effects of high-energy proton radiation of the types and doses which may be encountered during a solar particle event (SPE), the subject of the short movie, produced by Dr. Ron Turner, which you are now seeing. The estimates of doses to be received by astronauts during an SPE vary greatly.

Currently, it is not believed that the doses during an SPE (solar particle event). will be sufficiently high to cause radiation-induced mortality. But the radiation-induced prodromal syndrome (involving nausea, vomiting and fatigue) may occur, along with radiation-induced adverse skin reactions and hematological changes.

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.