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Canadian Experiment on ISS Will Measure Cosmic Rays That Will Be Important for Insuring the Safety of Future Man Flight Missions Into Deep-Space

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(CRC)—Since December 19th Commander Chris Hadfield has been part of Expedition 34/35 aboard the International Space Station (ISS). In orbit, 370 kilometres above Earth, the astronaut crew is conducting hundreds of experiments. The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) informed us through its website [1] of one of these experiments which is of great interest for those who have been following the work of Mr. LaRouche’s ‘Basement’ science team [2]: the study of cosmic rays. Indeed, the damaging impact of certain types of radiation on life, especially human life, is very important to study if we ever want to bring society out of the neo-pagan’s mantra of ‘Mother-Earth’ and fulfil man’s destiny as a galactic species! Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield is to conduct a designed in Canada experiment which involving what are called bubble monitors.

We on Earth have the advantage of being shielded from a lot of the radiation emanating from space by our atmosphere and magnetosphere. We still absorb cosmic rays, but in small doses. But there is certainly no such thing called empty space out there! Sunspots and electromagnetic storms rage on the Sun and on other stars of far away galaxies and nebulae. This radiation travels far and wide and can cause some serious biological damage to those ones exposed to it.

The most serious type of radiation an astronaut is exposed to during his trip in low-Earth orbit is the high-energy neutron particles, explains the CSA. These neutrons are “…just like medical X-rays, these high-energy particles can shoot through delicate body tissues, and through long-term exposure, they can damage DNA and potentially cause cataracts, bone marrow damage or even cancer.”

Astronaut Hadfield will pursue the experiment with the Radi-N2 device which is the second generation of neutron radiation monitoring instruments. Canadian astronaut Robert Thirsk, had started the Radi-N in 2009 and so it is being continued today by Hadfield and his fellow crewmember Roman Romanenko. The device is simple but accurate: finger-sized tubes will be placed by the astronauts inside the ISS, every time a neutron passes through the polymer gel contained in the tube a bubble is vaporized which is immediately being registered by an automatic reader.

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Radi-N2 bubble detectors are filled with a gel, inside which are liquid droplets that help quantify neutron radiation inside the International Space Station. (Canadian Space Agency)

The Universe we inhabit is full of radiation. This experiment will show us to what degree we are at risk when we travel beyond the low-Earth atmosphere and, therefore, we will become more capable of finding solutions to counter the damaging effects of harmful radiation as we pursue mankind’s endeavour to set up future permanent bases on the Moon, Mars and beyond! [PC]