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Heavy Ion Carcinogenesis and Human Space Exploration
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Author and Affiliation:
Cucinotta, Francis A.(NASA Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX, United States);
Durante, Marco(Gesellschaft fuer Schwerionenforschung m.b.H., Darmstadt, Germany)
Abstract: Prior to the human exploration of Mars or long duration stays on the Earth s moon, the risk of cancer and other diseases from space radiation must be accurately estimated and mitigated. Space radiation, comprised of energetic protons and heavy nuclei, has been show to produce distinct biological damage compared to radiation on Earth, leading to large uncertainties in the projection of cancer and other health risks, while obscuring evaluation of the effectiveness of possible countermeasures. Here, we describe how research in cancer radiobiology can support human missions to Mars and other planets.
Publication Date: Jan 01, 2008
Document ID:
20080012531
(Acquired Mar 12, 2008)
Subject Category: AEROSPACE MEDICINE
Document Type: Preprint
Financial Sponsor: NASA Johnson Space Center; Houston, TX, United States
Organization Source: NASA Johnson Space Center; Houston, TX, United States
Description: 33p; In English; Original contains color and black and white illustrations
Distribution Limits: Unclassified; Publicly available; Unlimited
Rights: Copyright; Distribution as joint owner in the copyright
NASA Terms: CANCER; DISEASES; EXTRATERRESTRIAL RADIATION; HEALTH; MARS (PLANET); MARS MISSIONS; RADIOBIOLOGY; RISK; SPACE EXPLORATION
Miscellaneous Notes: To appear in Nature Cancer Reviews; projected release data, July 2008
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