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Space Faring: The Radiation Challenge Introduction and Module 1: Radiation Educator Guide

Cover of Space Faring: The Radiation Challenge Module 1 Educator Guide

Product Type: Educator Guide
Audience: Educators, Informal Education

Grade Levels: 9-12
Publication Year: 2008
Product Number: EP-2008-08-116-MSFC
Subjects: Physical Science, Space Science

Radiation biology is an interdisciplinary science - biology, physics, astrophysics, planetary science, and engineering - that examines the effects of radiation on living systems. The Space Faring: The Radiation Challenge educator guides link these disciplines in the context of a lunar outpost by providing background, discussion and research questions, objectives and inquiry-based activities to introduce radiation biology. Module 1 includes a pretest, lessons, student sheets and answer keys about the types of radiation, its origin, how it is measured and how it affects astronauts.

The activities in the guide are:

  • Modeling Waves in the Electromagnetic Spectrum
  • The Cloud Chamber
  • Radiation Exposure on Earth

Space Faring: The Radiation Challenge Introduction and Module 1: Radiation Educator Guide  [1.5MB PDF file]


Other modules in this series are:
Module 2: Radiation Damage in Living Organisms Educator Guide
Module 3: Radiation Countermeasures Educator Guide
Module 4: Applications to Life on Earth Educator Guide


The following videos supplement this guide:
Space Faring: The Radiation Challenge Act 1: What Is Radiation and Where Does It Come From?
Space Faring: The Radiation Challenge Act 2: Space Radiation and Human Health
Space Faring: The Radiation Challenge Act 3: Protection From Space Radiation


Space Faring: The Radiation Challenge Main Page

Page Last Updated: December 10th, 2014
Page Editor: Flint Wild