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Technical evaluation of the NASA model for cancer risk to astronauts due to space radiation / Committee for Evaluation of Space Radiation Cancer Risk Model, Space Studies Board, Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences, National Research Council of the National Academies.

Author/creator National Research Council (U.S.). Committee for Evaluation of Space Radiation Cancer Risk Model
Other author/creatorNational Research Council (U.S.). Space Studies Board.
Format Electronic and Book
Publication InfoWashington, D.C. : National Academies Press, 2012.
Description1 online resource (x, 75 pages) : illustrations (some color)
Supplemental Content Direct link to resource
Subject(s)
Portion of title NASA model for cancer risk to astronauts due to space radiation
Contents Introduction -- Review of NASA model.
Abstract "NASA's current missions to the International Space Station (ISS) and potential future exploration missions involving extended stays by astronauts on the lunar surface, as well as the possibility of near- Earth object (NEO) or Mars missions, present challenges in protecting astronauts from radiation risks. These risks arise from a number of sources, including solar particle events (SPEs), galactic cosmic rays (GCRs), secondary radiation from surface impacts, and even the nuclear isotope power sources transported with the astronauts. The serious early and late radiation health effects potentially posed by these exposures are equally varied, ranging from early signs of radiation sickness to cancer induction. Other possible effects include central nervous system damage, cataracts, cardiovascular damage, heritable effects, impaired wound healing, and infertility. Recent research, much of which has been sponsored by NASA, has focused on understanding and quantifying the radiation health risks posed by space radiation environments. Although many aspects of the space radiation environments are now relatively well characterized, important uncertainties still exist regarding biological effects and thus regarding the level and types of risks faced by astronauts. This report presents an evaluation of NASA's proposed space radiation cancer risk assessment model, which is described in the 2011 NASA report, Space Radiation Cancer Risk Projections and Uncertainties--2010. The evaluation in Technical Evaluation of the NASA Model for Cancer Risk to Astronauts Due to Space Radiation considers the model components, input data (for the radiation types, estimated doses, and epidemiology), and the associated uncertainties. This report also identifies gaps in NASA's current research strategy for reducing the uncertainties in cancer induction risks"--Publisher's description.
Bibliography noteIncludes bibliographical references.
LanguageEnglish.
Source of descriptionOnline resource; title from resource home page (National Academies Press, viewed Mar. 27, 2012).
Source of descriptionPrint version record.
Issued in other formPrint version: Technical evaluation of the NASA model for cancer risk to astronauts due to space radiation. Washington, D.C. : National Academies Press, 2012 9780309253055
LCCN 2012405086
ISBN9780309253062 (electronic bk.)
ISBN0309253063 (electronic bk.)
ISBN1280380268
ISBN9781280380266
Standard identifier# 9786613558176
Stock number355817 MIL

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