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Space Faring: The Radiation Challenge, High School Act 2: Space Radiation and Human Health

One explorer scans another's radiation level

Product Type: Video Learning Clip
Audience: Educators, Informal Education, Students
Grade Levels: 9-12
Year: 2008
Subjects: General Science, Life Science, Space Science

When space radiation, in the form of energetic ions, collides with human tissue, it can cause damage. If that radiation contacts a cell nucleus, the radiation can damage the DNA. This damage can lead to cancer. Watch two space explorers on their way to Mars as they discuss space radiation.


High School Act 2: Space Radiation and Human Health
Duration: 6 minutes 58 seconds
> View QuickTime [15MB]


More videos in this series:
High School Act 1: What Is Radiation and Where Does It Come From?
High School Act 3: Protection From Space Radiation

This video supplements the Space Faring: The Radiation Challenge Educator Guides.

Space Faring: The Radiation Challenge Main Page

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