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Environmental Radiation Measurements on Mir Station (9401620)
Research Area:
Radiation biology
Species Studied
Scientific Name: Homo sapiens Species: Human

This experiment attempted to expand the knowledge of environmental radiation at the 51.6 degree orbit, the location of the Mir station and future location of the International Space Station. Information on the shielding effects of the station and different methods of radiation dosimetry was also gathered. The data and associated analysis contributed to the establishment of a reliable database for the radiation environment in space.

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Benton ER, Benton EV, Frank AL, Leonov A, Gaskin J. Dosimetric results from the Mir orbital station. Radiat Prot Dosimetry. 2002;100(1-4):489-94. []

Benton ER, Benton EV, Frank AL. Neutron dosimetry in low-earth orbit using passive detectors. Radiat Meas. 2001 Jun;33(3):255-63. Review. []

Benton ER, Benton EV, Frank AL. Passive dosimetry aboard the Mir Orbital Station: external measurements. Radiat Meas. 2002 Oct;35(5):457-71. []

Benton ER, Benton EV, Frank AL. Passive dosimetry aboard the Mir Orbital Station: internal measurements. Radiat Meas. 2002 Oct;35(5):439-55.]

Benton ER, Benton EV. Space radiation dosimetry in low-Earth orbit and beyond. Nucl Instrum Methods Phys Res B. 2001 Sep;184(1-2):255-94. []

Heavy ions
Linear energy transfer (LET)
Lithium Compounds
Particle accelerators
Radiation dosage
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Absorbed dose
Linear energy transfer LET

Mission/Study Information
Mission Launch/Start Date Landing/End Date Duration
NASA 2 03/22/1996 09/26/1996 189 days
NASA 3 09/16/1996 01/22/1997 130 days
NASA 4 01/12/1997 05/24/1997 133 days
NASA 5 05/15/1997 10/06/1997 134 days
NASA 6 09/25/1997 01/31/1998 129 days

Additional Information
Managing NASA Center
Ames Research Center (ARC)
Responsible NASA Representative
Ames Research Center LSDA Level 3
Project Manager: Helen Stewart
Institutional Support
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
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