ESA in partnership with the international accelerator center FAIR (Facility for Antiproton and Ion Research), currently being built at GSI, the Helmholtz Center for Heavy Ion Research, is excited to announce the first ever Radiation Summer School to tackle the problem of space radiation for future long duration missions.

Living in space is no easy task, and one of the largest concerns for mission planners cannot even be seen. Cosmic radiation poses a risk to the human body in the form of cancer, central nervous system disorders, cardiovascular problems and tissue degeneration. Space radiation can also severely damage spacecraft’s electronic circuitry and in worst case scenarios even shutdown vital systems. The summer school will provide young scientists with theoretical training and hands-on experience in cosmic radiation research to better understand the threat and how to tackle it.

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