Space Radiation

For teachers of advanced physics who may have an interest in computing, this Astro-Pi activity explores radiation in space and considers how it might affect human health. Humans currently live aboard the International Space Station, where they are exposed to radiation emanating from the Sun and from cosmic ray sources in deep space.

These activities help students learn about the types of ionising radiation, how they are absorbed or transmitted, and what effect they can have on the health of astronauts. Students will develop, too, an understanding of the huge distances travelled by these ionising particles and waves, and how the Earth's magnetic field protects us from their most dangerous effects.

European Space Agency videos and web resources combine with other learning activities from across the ESERO and STEM Learning collections to provide a suitable basis for projects using the Raspberry Pi computer.

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David B

As always some useful links and overview about the internal radiation sensors on Columbus / ISS  monitoring the working environment. Sadly though, no data that I could locate that would give students something to compre to normal background radiation which could be measured here in the lab.

Dave Gibbs

Hi David,

a web search has given me some data from a NASA experiement back in 2010 - it's not much, but you'll find it in here.

This presentation also includes data from before and during a solar particle event in 1989.

I hope that helps - I will contact partners in UK Space to see if we have more up-to-date data available.