WASHINGTON (NASA PR) — NASA has selected 10 proposals led by early-career employees across the agency for two-year projects that will support the development of new capabilities for deep space human exploration.
These proposals were selected under Project Polaris, a new initiative to support the NASA workforce in efforts to meet the challenges of sending humans to the Moon and Mars. Project Polaris seeks to fill high-priority capability gaps on deep space missions like those planned under Artemis and introduce new technologies into human exploration flight programs. The project also aims to create opportunities for early-career employees across NASA centers to gain experience building and testing flight hardware while developing technologies and reducing risk for future human exploration missions.
The selected projects involve early-career employees from 8 of the 10 NASA centers. Read more about the selected projects:
Radiation Assessment During Exposure and Long Duration Spaceflight
Lead Center: Ames Research Center
Long-duration spaceflight missions pose a high risk of radiation exposure to crew members, potentially increasing the likelihood of cancer and degenerative diseases. NASA currently uses physical dosimetry, or, measured biological responses devices, to measure radiation exposure, which determines the dose of radiation, but not individual physiological responses. By understanding ...