Location: Upton, New York
Hazards Tested: Space radiation
Description: The NSRL helps to assess many of the health risks associated with cosmic radiation. Before humans can travel for extended periods outside Earth’s atmosphere, scientists must learn more about the risks posed by cosmic radiation. To better understand these risks, NASA has teamed with the U.S. Department of Energy to establish this lab at Brookhaven National Laboratory.
Research: Scientists use beams of ions to simulate cosmic rays and assess the risks of space radiation to human space travelers and equipment.
Brookhaven National Laboratory in Upton, New York has a Heavy Ion Collider. NASA utilizes this facility to test the effects of space radiation on astronauts at the NASA Space Radiation Lab (NSRL). For more information on how the Brookhaven National Lab Heavy Ion Collider works go to http://www.bnl.gov/rhic/complex.asp.
NSRL External Stories & Videos
- NASA Collaboration to Study the Effects of Cosmic Radiation on the Risk for Future Alzheimer’s Disease by Gender