Fly me to the moon: how plastics contribute to radiation protection in space

In the MARE experiment, plastic phantoms are to provide information about the risks of space radiation for humans

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Image: The crew of the Artemis-1 mission to the moon; Copyright: German Aerospace Center (DLR)

The crew of the Artemis-1 mission to the moon. Copyright: German Aerospace Center (DLR)

26.07.2022

Plastics on mission in space

Image: MARE logo; Copyright: German Aerospace Center (DLR)
Image: Helga; Copyright: German Aerospace Center (DLR)

Phantom made of plastic. Copyright: German Aerospace Center (DLR)

Layer by layer: construction of the phantoms

Image: Helga in individual parts; Copyright: German Aerospace Center (DLR)

Helga in individual parts. Copyright: German Aerospace Center (DLR)

Image: Helga's superstructure; Copyright: German Aerospace Center (DLR)

Helga's superstructure. Copyright: German Aerospace Center (DLR)

Image: Radiation protection vest "AstroRad"; Copyright: StemRad

Newly developed radiation protection vest "AstroRad" Zohar will be equipped with during the experiment. Copyright: StemRad

Comfortable radiation protection thanks to plastic

Image: AstroRad ProtectiveCore; Copyright: StemRad

AstroRad ProtectiveCore. Copyright: StemRad

To the moon and back again

Image: Helga and Zohar are ready for transport; Copyright: German Aerospace Center (DLR).

Helga and Zohar are ready for transport. Copyright: German Aerospace Center (DLR)

Elena Blume (Editorial team K-MAG)

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