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ATV – Amaldi

The physicist Edoardo Amaldi was instrumental in the development of CERN and of ESRO, which eventually became the European Space Agency. One of the European Space Agency’s Automated Transfer Vehicles (ATV) is named after him. This video focuses on the low Earth orbit radiation environment and cosmic rays. The video shows how a cloud chamber can be used to see muons produced from cosmic rays. Radiation hardened components are used on the ATV, and like the rest of the International Space Station, protective layers are used to prevent many of the cosmic rays from penetrating the spacecraft and potentially damaging the DNA of astronauts on board.

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