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Space Faring: The Radiation Challenge Module 3: Radiation Countermeasures Educator Guide

Cover of Space Faring: The Radiation Challenge Module 3 Educator Guide

Product Type: Educator Guide
Audience: Educators, Informal Education

Grade Levels: 9-12
Publication Year: 2008
Product Number: EP-2008-08-118-MSFC
Subjects: Life Science, Physical Science, Space Science


NASA uses the term "countermeasures" to describe the procedures, strategies, medications, exercise, etc., that help to keep astronauts healthy and productive while they are traveling in space and after they return to Earth. In this module, students will use radiation unit conversion; investigate countermeasures that could be used for astronauts who explore the moon; and experiment to explore how shielding countermeasures can help to lessen the harmful effects of UV radiation.

The activities in the guide are:

  • Radiation Limits for Astronauts
  • Countermeasures for Lunar Explorers
  • Shielding Yeast From UV Radiation


Space Faring: The Radiation Challenge Module 3: Radiation Countermeasures Educator Guide  [876KB PDF file]


Other modules in this series are:
Introduction and Module 1: Radiation Educator Guide
Module 2: Radiation Damage in Living Organisms 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


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