KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Florida., August 25, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — A next-generation vest will be launched aboard NASA’s next-generation spacecraft intended to return astronauts to the Moon. The purpose of this vest? To protect astronauts from the increased radiation they will be exposed to when traveling beyond low Earth orbit. Radiation exposure is a major concern for space exploration, and ensuring astronauts have the ability to live and work efficiently and safely on future lunar missions is crucial.
The AstroRad vest, developed by StemRad and Lockheed Martin, will join research and technology demonstration payloads launched aboard NASA’s Artemis I mission no earlier than August 29 from the launch pad 39B at NASA Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The mission will test NASA’s deep space exploration system, including NASA Kennedy ground systems, the agency’s Space Launch System rocket and the uncrewed Orion spacecraft that will orbit the Moon. before crashing to Earth.
The AstroRad vest is designed to protect the organs most sensitive to radiation exposure by protecting the stem cell populations they contain. Exposure to excessive space radiation can lead to increased risks of cancer, degenerative problems, neurological disorders, premature aging and even death. The goal of having humans living and working in space permanently requires limiting exposure to harmful radiation. For the past two years, astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS) have tested a prototype of the AstroRad vest for comfort and wearability.
“The feedback allows us to improve the vest so that it can be worn for long periods of time, as a solar particle event can last anywhere from a few days to several weeks,” said Oren Milstein, CEO and Scientific Director of StemRad. “This data, combined with the Artemis I data, will create the ideal vest, as we will have all the information we need to optimize comfort without compromising protection.”
The AstroRad vest was displayed during the keynote address at this year’s International Conference on Space Station Research and Development. The keynote began with a live downlink from the station with NASA astronauts Kjell Lindgren and Jessica Watkins followed by a panel detailing the benefits of conducting research in the orbital lab.
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