NASA has selected 19 researchers to conduct ground-based research in space radiation biology and space radiation shielding materials. Sponsored by NASA's Exploration Systems Mission Directorate, this research will use the NASA Space Radiation Laboratory (SRL) and the Alternating Gradient Synchrotron at the Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory on Long Island, N.Y.
The SRL provides beams of radiation that are the same type and energy as found in space. They will be used for studies in radiation physics and biology in order to accurately predict and manage radiation risk in space.
NASA received 70 proposals in September 2003 in response to this research announcement. All proposals were peer-reviewed by scientific and technical experts from academia, government and industry. The awarded grants total approximately $13.5 million.
"To enable the accomplishment of the Vision for Exploration, protecting humans from the damaging effects of cosmic radiation is one of the most critical problems that NASA must solve," said Guy Fogleman, associate director for human health and performance.
"These newly selected research projects are an integral part of NASA's strategy to solve this problem," he added.
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