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The SR2S project, as you know, is focused on radiation protection for astronauts, but that is just one cog in the wheel in embarking on deep space missions. The BBC have enlisted the help of a team of scientists from Imperial College London to discuss and design a mission to send astronauts to Mars, our nearest neighbour, some 56 million km away. They even discuss the issue of radiation protection for the astronauts whilst travelling to the Red Planet.

The interactive piece is broken down into the following sections …

- The mission
- The spacecraft
- Surviving the trip
- Landing
- Exploring Mars
- Getting back

Of specific relevance to those interested in the SR2S project is the section on "Surviving the trip" which includes a video on "The radiation threat".

In this video, at about 2'30" in, Martin Archer describes one theoretical approach to protecting humans from the radiation levels to which they would be exposed to as a result of coronal mass ejections and galactic cosmic rays. The theory is based on the natural magnetic shield that exists around Earth - the magnetosphere. Explaining that the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) in CERN, a partner in the SR2S project, has superconducting magnets to keep energetic particles inside the collider, the same principle could be applied on a Mars mission to keep energetic particles away from us.

The interactive piece, with videos, can be found here.

Radiation issues for manned Mars mission

sidebar radiation article

During the rover's cruise to Mars between December 2011 and July 2012, RAD showed that an astronaut would clock up the same radiation dose in a day that the average American receives in a year. If you exclude medical dosages, it would be 10 times more than the average American.

See original article from The Guardian here.

Materials that Halt Hazardous Space Radiation

Radiation has long been an issue when it comes to space travel. In fact, NASA's Mars rover Curiosity recently confirmed previous research on the hazards of space radiation, revealing that radiation levels on the way to the Red Planet are several hundred times higher than the those humans receive on Earth. Now, scientists may have found a way to shield astronauts from the hazards of this radiation.

See original article from Science World Report here.

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The SR2S project is nearing completion. Project partners presented their technological achievements at the final project dissemination event in Brussels in December 2015. To read more about this event, click here.

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The final project review meeting will take place in January 2016. Further information and final project results will be available after this date.

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