Radioactivity

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Radioactivity

This backgrounder has information about both cosmic & neutron radiation.

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Veronica Bindi explains what cosmic rays are, and how they transmit information about our universe from the great beyond.

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Long before Curiosity landed on Mars, it began doing scientific research, measuring cosmic radiation during its 8-month long flight. Understanding this radiation is a key to sending humans to Mars.

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One of the biggest concerns for keeping humans safe in space is managing and understanding the effects of increased exposure to potentially dangerous neutron radiation. At the core of this project, students will learn how to measure the radiation they are exposed to on Earth and compare it with the radiation recorded by Canadian astronauts on the International Space Station using the same innovative technology.

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Canadian Astronaut Chris Hadfield talks about the RADI-N2 project.

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One of the experiments that Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield was responsible for during his stay on the International Space Station from December 2012 until May 2013 was RaDI-N2. This experiment measures astronauts’ exposure to potentially dangerous neutron radiation using innovative Canadian technology. CurioCity, in collaboration with the Canadian Space Agency, developed the RaDI-N2 & You Action Project to engage Canadian classrooms in a similar experiment.

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This backgrounder explains how radiation affects the health of humans during the exploration of space.

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One of the greatest hazards that humans in space face is cosmic radiation. This NASA video explains what cosmic radiation is, why it's dangerous, and ways that we are looking at protecting humans in deep space.

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This backgrounder explains the potential effects of radiation on the human body.

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