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Cancer Risk from Exposure to Galactic Cosmic Rays - Implications for Human Space ExplorationCurrent space programs are shifting toward planetary exploration, and in particular towards human missions to the moon and Mars. However, space radiation is a major barrier to human exploration of the solar system because the biological effects of high-energy and charge (HZE) ions, which are the main contributors to radiation risks in deep space, are poorly understood. Predictions of the nature and magnitude of the risks posed by space radiation are subject to very large uncertainties. Great efforts have been dedicated worldwide in recent years toward a better understanding of the oncogenic potential of galactic cosmic rays. A review of the new results in this field will be presented here.
Document ID
20080029284
Document Type
Preprint (Draft being sent to journal)
Authors
Cucinotta, Francis A.
(NASA Johnson Space Center Houston, TX, United States)
Durant, marco
(NASA Johnson Space Center Houston, TX, United States)
Date Acquired
August 24, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 2006
Subject Category
Space Radiation
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
Public Use Permitted.

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