Earth Applications

Like spaceflight, radiation exposure is also a concern in the health industry and for other occupations on Earth. The Radiation Effects Team’s research benefits for life on Earth include:

• Improved understanding of radiation-related acute and long-term cellular, molecular and tissue damage; and
• Countermeasures for the adverse effects of radiation for people exposed to higher-than-normal levels of radiation, such as occupational exposures, airline crews, persons undergoing radiation therapy, and casualties from nuclear accidents or national security threats

NSBRI is developing real-time radiation detectors for use in space that will be small enough to be portable in a spacesuit or stationary as an area monitor. This photo shows three models of NSBRI dosimeters (gold objects, center) with other NASA detectors as they are being tested at a particle accelerator that simulates space radiation. This technology will be beneficial to patients during radiotherapy, and has use for Homeland Security, high-altitude aviation and the nuclear energy industry.