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Pille-MKS: Determine the Value of the Accumulated Radiation Dose in a Visiting Crewmember (Pille_ISS)
Research Area:
Radiation biology
Species Studied
Scientific Name: Homo sapiens Species: Human

Astronauts living and working on the International Space Station (ISS) are permanently exposed to galactic and solar cosmic radiation, which may have far-reaching health effects, of which the most important is fatal cancer. During solar particle events (SPEs) the radiation exposure might increase to exposure levels which already may cause early radiation effects. During extravehicular activities (EVAs) the astronauts are protected only by the relatively thin space suits; therefore EVAs are scheduled in times where no crossing of the South Atlantic Anomaly - a region where the radiation belt intersects the trajectory of low orbiting spacecraft - occurs and no increased solar activity is observed, in order to prevent heightened exposures.

The goal of this experiment was to determine the experimentally value of accumulated dose resulting from ionizing radiation of space.

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Apathy I, Akatov YA, Arkhangelsky VV, Bodnar L, Deme S, Feher I, Kaleri AY, Padalka G, Pazmandi T, Reitz G, and Sharipov S. TL dose measurements on board the Russian segment of the ISS by the "Pille" system during Expedition-8, -9 and -10. Acta Astronautica. 2007. February - April; 60(4-7): 322-328.

Extravehicular activity
Radiation dosage

Data Information
Data Availability
Archive is complete. No data sets are available for this experiment. Please Contact LSDA if you know of available data for this investigation.

Dosimeter position
Radiation dose
Radiation exposure

Mission/Study Information
Mission Launch/Start Date Landing/End Date Duration
Expedition 10 10/13/2004 04/24/2005 193 days
Expedition 8 10/18/2003 04/29/2004 195 days
Expedition 9 04/18/2004 10/23/2004 188 days

Additional Information
Managing NASA Center
Johnson Space Center (JSC)
Responsible NASA Representative
Johnson Space Center LSDA Office
Project Manager: Pamela A. Bieri
Institutional Support
Russian Space Agency (RSA)
Proposal Date