Measures counteracting the radiation health risks on a manned lunar outpost

Harald Koninckx, Hans Vanmarcke

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    Abstract

    The hunger of mankind to deepen its knowledge, to understand the laws and mechanisms of nature and to explore, is a constant throughout history.Today, nations, space agencies and private companies are preparing the next big step: a walk on our neighbour planet Mars.An in between goal, as preparation to a Mars adventure but also serving other purposes, is the realisation of a manned outpost on the Moon. The way to space is not trivial, especially not for a human body. It is not evolved for it and cannot adapt to it in such a short timeframe. The first chapter discusses the concept of a Moon base. The second chapter provides the details about the lunar radiation environment and the risks involved.
    Original languageEnglish
    Awarding Institution
    • KU Leuven
    Supervisors/Advisors
    • Baatout, Sarah, Supervisor
    • Moreels, Marjan, Supervisor
    Place of PublicationLeuven, Belgium
    Publisher
    StatePublished - 3 Sep 2014

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