People with a passion for space exploration are being offered the chance to take part in an out-of-this-world project that could benefit future missions to the Moon and beyond.
The Space Medicine Team at the European Space Agency's European Astronaut Centre in Germany, working in collaboration with the University of Plymouth and other partners, is looking for volunteers to help develop an understanding of what happens to the human body following a long space mission.
To achieve this goal, scientists are working to gather, analyse and process existing scientific evidence on biological responses to ionizing radiation, which is found extensively outside Earth’s orbit and is one of the key health risks facing astronauts.
They will particularly focus on the differences between the radiation’s impacts on women and men, and the effects of space radiation on the Central Nervous System.
The results of the international project will be used to improve health risk predictions for European Space Agency astronauts on future missions.