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Questions tagged [radiation]

Questions about impact of radiation on space exploration.

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How many tons of water is needed to surround ISS's living modules, so the rate of radiation exposure will be the same as on the surface of Earth?

If I understand correctly, it wasn't done because it's very expensive ($ per lbs) and there are no launch systems powerful enough for that? Also, could you please provide formulas and calculations? I ...
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What will the condition of the Voyager craft be like far enough into the future so as to have “truly” exited the Solar System?

I am curious about this. I saw this article: https://www.popsci.com/voyager-2-interstellar-space?con=TrueAnthem&dom=tw&lnk=TATW&src=SOC&utm_campaign=&utm_content=...
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Spherical solar radiation model (GMAT)

I'm using GMAT to analyze the orbits. There is a Spherical model for Solar Radiation Pressure. Which equation does GMAT use to calculate it? I've already searched in the documentation, however, there ...
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How much could Venus cool down with an S$_2$O$_2$ layer above the cloud layers?

Thanks to its sulfuric acid cloud layers Venus has a high Bond albedo of 0.76 Atmosphere of Venus, author: Alexparent The ultraviolet radiation, being 10 % of the total solar energy, is not ...
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What type of software is used to make radiation shielding simulations for use in Space or Mars?

Hopefully this is relevant to the board and doesn't get deleted. Quick background: In Thailand. Grad student, mechanical engineering, with very limited knowledge regarding nuclear or space radiations. ...
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Do astronauts have to use sunscreen?

Of course the space suits can block most part of the radiation, but do the astronauts need to use sunscreen to protect their faces from the radiation passing thought the helmet or passing through the ...
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What happens to the space station during a solar flare / magnetic storm? [duplicate]

What are the effects on the ISS during a solar flare / magnetic storm? The news often warns that satellites could be affected during a storm. Does the ISS have special protections for that danger?
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Level of radiation on surface/ocean of Mars AFTER terraforming

I am a Mars enthusiast, and lately have been wondering how safe Mars would be to live on after it hypothetically has been terraformed into a pseudo Earth. Obviously, the bigger health hazard would be ...
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Is Radiation in the Van Allen Belt Anisotropic?

The particle radiation in the Van Allen Belt consists of charged particles (mostly protons in the inner belt, electrons in the outer belt). The charged particles move in helical trajectories along ...
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How much will Bennu rotate faster and faster with mirrors facing the Sun on its left side?

Several answers to the question "Why paint only one-half of Bennu" describe the Yarkovsky effect as an important force acting on the asteroid 101955 Bennu. But what about the radiation pressure of ...
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Which objects in our solar system are naturally protected from solar flares?

Outside of Earth, are there any objects (planets, moons, asteroids) in our solar system that are naturally shielded from the radiation of solar flares and coronal mass ejections (CMEs)? Asked ...
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Can you avoid the costs of cooling superconductors for magnetic shields by separating them from the spacecraft and using shades?

As the answer to this thread states, cooling superconductors in spacecraft is necessary because of waste heat from secondary systems and thermal radiation of the sun. The application in which ...
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What data was used to estimate accumulated radiation dose for the Apollo astronauts?

Half-year, and occasional one-year stints aboard the ISS, and especially lifetime totals nearing 2.5 years are possible ethically because these missions take place within the Earth's magnetosphere ...
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3D Model of radiation in earth orbit?

I am trying to estimate required shielding masses to maintain a radiation level at or below earths average radiation of 3 mSv per year at different earth orbits (LEO, MEO, GEO and 50000 km+). ...
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What are the geological features for a save place to land in the chaos terrains on Mars? [closed]

Chaos terrains on Mars generally consist of irregular groups of large blocks, some tens of kilometers across and a hundred meters high. The tilted and flat topped blocks form depressions hundreds ...
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Radioisotope thermoelectric generator vs Solar? [duplicate]

What circumstance would a radioisotope thermoelectric generator is better to use than solar cells in space probes and rovers?
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Would a Faraday cage made of gas block radiation?

What is best blocks radiation and is transparent as a gas? Would applying an electrical current through the gas increase the gas from blocking radiation on Mars? Radiation could be blocked by the ...
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Could ozone be used in a biodome on Mars?

How much ozone would it take to block solar radiation on Mars if chambered in double panned glass or material? Said $O_3$ would break down from the UV. Would applied electricity on $O$ and $O_2$ make $...
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Can an ion drive attached to an asteroid move it into another orbit if given enough power?

After watching one of the videos from Curious Droid on Youtube talking about asteroid deflection and strikes I had an idea. Ion thrusters provide bits of mass velocities at the needed Isp (5-6 km/s ...
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If colonists burrowed far enough under the ice on Ganymede or Europa, would the ice provide adequate protection for them from Jupiter's radiation?

This is a hypothetical question I'm asking as a SF writer, and the time setting would be approximately 2,250 AD.
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Why can't permanent magnets be used for radiation shielding in space?

I've been reading a lot about concepts for protecting astronauts from Galactic Cosmic Radiation on interplanetary voyages. I've read about a lot of different ideas, but all of the ones involving a ...
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Cypress PSOC chips in a Cubesat

The Cypress PSoC line of microcontrollers, especially the PSOC 4 family are very versatile and capable, and seem a natural for use in cubesats. Unfortunately, at least one experiment: http://www.dtic....
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What's the unshielded radiation dose in mSv in Low Earth Orbit?

Say we have a guy orbiting Earth in LEO with no spacesuit (I know, I know), what would be the millisieverts he would be receiving?
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How can SpaceX's Mars spacecraft be protected against solar flares?

When a solar flare hits the earth it can damage certain electrical equipment. If one manages to strike the SpaceX Mars rocket it could possibly damage some significant equipment on board (like ...
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What will J002E3 be like on its return?

J002E3 is believed to be the S-IVB third stage of the Apollo 12 rocket. It is expected to return to temporary Earth orbit in the 2040's. If some enterprising soul decided to build a rocket capable ...
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Is the amount of damage to humans due to x Sievert a function of exposure time?

After looking into the experienced radiation for certain space journeys, I was wondering wether it was correct to state that the amount of biological damage is a function of the exposure time for a ...
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How much radiation shielding would be required for a habitat at Mercury–Sun L5?

Given an O'Neill "Island Three" style cylindrical habitat located at Mercury–Sun L5 orbit, how much radiation shielding would be required to protect the occupants, and how would it need to be ...
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How thick must a shield be to be better than no shield at all?

Below an answer to a recent question about shielding against radiation on a trip to Mars, there was this comment from dubu (emphasis mine): [..] For high-energy particles entering dense matter, ...
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Why can't we use the same radiation shielding in Mars that we used when going to the moon?

Note that this is somewhat related to this question but here I am specifically asking about the suitability of using existing shielding for Mars travel. This is about this article and video titled "...
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Will we all be in voluntary ketosis on Mars?

The EurekAlert! NASA mission tests ketogenic diet undersea, simulating life on Mars University of South Florida researcher will be in nutritional ketosis during NEEMO 22 mission packs a lot of ...
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Radiation shield for Mars [duplicate]

Earth's magnetic field on its surface is 25 to 65 microtesla. Besides earth's atmospheric protection, majority of sun's harmful radiation on the earth is shielded by this small magnetic field. Such a ...
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Is there in existence a drug, or additive to protect astronauts from solar radiation?

And what is its life for one dose? I feel like this would be the most feasible cargo for the protection from it.
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Is the recently discovered VLF-induced radiation barrier in any way important or useful?

There are several popular news articles that refer to this video, who's notes point to the NASA news item NASA's Van Allen Probes Spot Man-Made Barrier Shrouding Earth which points to the ...
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Could e-sails provide safer space travel

E-sails (Electric Sails) deflect Solar wind protons to produce thrust, that's good protection for living things in a permanent centre module that produces and stores food and oxygen. I was thinking a ...
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Is radiation dose from cosmic rays higher behind 50 cm of shielding, or lower?

I have seen it said that because high-energy GCR particles cause a spray of secondary particles when they pass through material, there is more radiation behind even quite thick shielding that there is ...
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Is NASA doing research on “mini-magnetospheres” to protect crew from radiation in space?

The Phys.org article NASA proposes a magnetic shield to protect Mars' atmosphere says: ...Dr. Jim Green – the Director of NASA's Planetary Science Division – and a panel of researchers presented an ...
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Why would Space Cube 1.0 have so many On-Orbit Upsets over South America?

I was reading about the Advanced Hybrid On-Board Science Data Processor - SpaceCube 2.0 Space Cube 2.0 and I saw maps of computer upsets in orbit recorded by Space Cube 1.0 on slides 8 and 9. What is ...
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Melanized fungi on the ISS - are they 'enjoying' the elevated radiation levels there?

The end of this excellent answer lead me to Wikipedia which linked to The blacker the better… especially in Chernobyl and Chernobyl Fungus Feeds On Radiation. One passage in 'blacker the better' ...
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Radiation levels around Mars

What is the typical amount of radiation levels that a spacecraft would experience when orbiting Mars? is there any formula with which a person could estimate the net radiation experienced at different ...
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If Juno's long orbit means a lower rate of radiation damage, why the planned short orbit?

The Juno Spacecraft (also Wikipedia, launch 05-Aug-2011, Jupiter orbit insertion 05-Jul-2016) was scheduled for a burn to reduce it's period from about 54 days to 14 days, while maintaining a ...
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How thick would a Marscrete structure need to be to provide adequate protection against radiation?

Regarding a manned shelter on the surface of Mars... With all of this esoteric talk of ice shelters, why not simply create concrete (Marscrete) buildings? The ice probably provides better radiation ...
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Protecting technology from radiation on mars

Mars hasn't got a very strong magnetosphere. I often read that even equipment and technology needs to be protected against the radiation. My question: How do they protect the equipment from ...
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What is the probability that a deep space crew is hit by a Solar proton storm?

The Sun's magnetic field now and then accelerates a gigantic amount of high velocity protons in different directions. Regardless of the types and causes, let's call it "proton storm" when it is ...
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Is a glass habitat on Mars viable?

In Elon Musk's recent Reddit AMA (ask me anything), he talked about Initially, glass panes with carbon fiber frames For colonization of Mars. My question: Does a glass roof provide sufficient ...
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What properties of a material make for good radiation shielding? [duplicate]

What is the requirement of a material to deflect or block radioactive particles? Is it the number of electrons surrounding the atom? The density of the nucleus? The strength of the bond of the atoms ...
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If Juno will experience lower levels of radiation than Galileo did why it will fail so much faster?

In the section about Orbit and Environment the Wikipedia article about the Juno spacecraft says: In comparison, Juno will receive much lower levels of radiation than the Galileo orbiter at its ...
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Why would Juno's originally planned orbit lowering partially mitigate radiation damage?

I'm trying to understand where Juno will pick up most of the slow, cumulative radiation damage within it's orbit. Currently it is in the higher, 53 day orbit. The original plan was that tomorrow (...
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How long can an astronaut stay in space and later have children?

While reading about the effects of microgravity on reproduction I was thinking about all the other aspects of space flight and how they may decrease fertility in both men or women (such as changes in ...
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What kinds of radiation hit the ISS?

Does Earth's magnetic field block (or divert) only lower energy radiation while the hardest, high speed heavy ions, run through to LEO? Are the hardest rays dampened? Do the van Allen Belts, not far ...
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How does methane and LOX compare to water for radiation shielding

We tend to assume that water and human waste are an ideal shield for interplanetary trips. Mostly because we need it in the first place. However the only serious proposal does has one other element ...