The Space Radiation Element (SRE) seeks to characterize human health outcomes associated with space radiation exposure, helping NASA to build strategies that protect astronaut health and ensure safe human spaceflight.
What Is Space Radiation?
A series of videos explains more.
Space radiation is made up of protons and all the elements on the periodic table. It enters the human body at energies approaching the speed of light and can damage DNA. Credit: NASA
NASA Protects Its Superheroes From Space Weather
Positive, Negative, or Neutral, It All Matters: NASA Explains Space Radiation
Space Radiation is Risky Business for the Human Body
Cloudy with a Chance of Radiation: NASA Studies Simulated Radiation (Videos 1 and 2)
Space Radiation Won’t Stop NASA’s Human Exploration
NASA’s Human Research Program, or HRP, pursues the best methods and technologies to support safe, productive human space travel. Through science conducted in laboratories, ground-based analogs, and the International Space Station, HRP scrutinizes how spaceflight affects human bodies and behaviors. Such research drives HRP’s quest to innovate ways that keep astronauts healthy and mission-ready as space travel expands to the Moon, Mars, and beyond.