Radiation research helping UAE’s plans to build future city on Mars

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A new research finding on radiation will support the UAE's ambitious project to build the first human settlement on Mars by 2117, a scientist told Emirates News Agency (WAM.)

"Radiation is one of the biggest roadblocks in planning long-term space missions, especially the project to establish a human presence on Mars [UAE’s Mars 2117 project]," said Dr. Dimitra Atri, Research Scientist at Centre for Space Science in the New York University Abu Dhabi, NYUAD.

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Atiri made important findings from his research on the impact of radiation on astronaut health in long-term space missions.

"We found that radiation exposure to astronauts is comparable to the dose that cancer patients receive during radiation treatment," he told WAM in an interview.

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"By comparing our calculations with radiation therapy data we have been able to estimate health risks to astronauts from background radiation in space [Galactic Cosmic Rays] and solar storms [Solar Proton Events]," Atri added.

The UAE has previously announced plans to build a settlement on Mars in 2117 and the project includes putting in place a program to prepare Emiratis for Mars and space exploration.

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