Student radiation experiment goes to space

The Orion Exploration Design Challenge will send a winning radiation-shielding experiment to space

By Bethany Brookshire, 13:46 PM May 2, 2014

WASHINGTON — In many of our favorite space adventure movies, it takes an astronaut to save us all. A lone hero may fly his spacecraft out to thwart alien invaders. Or a group of intrepid astronauts might destroy a meteoroid headed for Earth. But while those astronauts are saving us, they face their own danger: radiation.

On Earth, we are surrounded by a magnetic field. It protects our planet from cosmic rays, harmful radiation that can increase our risk of cancer. But in space, outside the mag...

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