(Jerusalem Post) Israeli scientists are proving once again just how ahead of the curve they are — by developing an anti-radiation vest to protect astronauts against the intense radiation in outer space — which apparently wasn’t a problem when NASA supposedly sent six manned missions to the Moon between 1960 and 1973:
NASA’s Orion spacecraft is set to take off for the long-awaited Artemis I mission to the Moon, and Israel is taking part in one of the scientific experiments involved.
The mission is a collaboration between the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the Israel Space Agency and the German Aerospace Center (DLR). It is set to be launched onboard NASA’s most powerful-ever rocket on Monday, August 29.
The Artemis I mission, which does not have an onboard crew, will feature an Israeli experiment called the Matroshka AstroRad Radiation Experiment (MARE). It will study radiation exposure and test out the AstroRad protective vest developed by Israel’s StemRad firm, supported by the Israel Space Agency.
MARE is meant to solve what is probably one of the biggest dangers to astronauts heading on space missions: space radiation.
The StemRad vests have already been sent to the International Space Station for the Comfort and Human Factors AstroRad Radiation Garment Evaluation (CHARGE) study to test the vest in a microgravity environment, meaning in low-Earth orbit. However, they have not yet been tested farther out into space.
This is important as NASA’s Artemis missions are set to lead up to mankind’s eventual return to the Moon. To do that, it means that astronauts will leave low-Earth orbit, which in turn means leaving the protection of Earth’s magnetic field against cosmic radiation. As such, finding a way to protect against that is incredibly important.
This is where Israel comes in. StemRad has created a new protection vest that should work to provide protection against space radiation.
NASA’s Artemis I mission will be uncrewed, so no actual humans will be on board the Orion spacecraft.
Instead, the spacecraft will be carrying two identical manikin torsos, named Helga and Zohar, the former being in honor of the participation of Germany and the latter in honor of the participation of Israel.
Both manikin torsos, also known as “phantom torsos,” are meant to mimic the bones, tissue and organs of an adult human female. The reason they are specifically modeled after females is that females often are more sensitive to space radiation.
This is important because as part of NASA’s Artemis missions, the eventual goal is to put the first woman astronaut on the Moon.
Helga will be going in unprotected as the control group while Zohar will be wearing a StemRad vest to cover the uterus, upper body and critical organs. Both manikin torsos will wear radiation detectors to help scientists map out how the radiation doses spread.
This will be an important test for the viability of the StemRad vests, as well as getting more information about space radiation exposure.
If all goes well with MARE on the Artemis I mission, it’s likely that astronauts will be wearing StemRad vests in future space missions.
If astronauts were able to get to the moon and back six times without radiation ever being a problem, why is radiation now such a big concern for them getting back to the moon 50 years later?
NASA, of course, claims that the radiation exposure for the Apollo crews going through the Van Allen belt which surrounds the Earth was actually minimal — only 16 rads — which is why — supposedly — it didn’t kill every crew member.
In perspective, first responders to the Chernobyl disaster were exposed to 600 rads — exposure to 100 rads will kill you within a week — so 16 rads (or 32 rads for the round trip) is one-third the lethal dose.
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But this is just the radiation for the Van Allen belt — and doesn’t include the background radiation in space — and the intense solar radiation on the surface of the moon.
If all this radiation didn’t kill the astronauts 50 years ago, why is it a concern now? Why do astronauts need special radiation vests now when they didn’t need them in 1969?
And if women are supposedly a lot more sensitive to radiation, then women should be disqualified from any missions into outer space where radiation is a serious problem even for men.
But apparently, it’s more of a priority for NASA to put a woman on the moon — and on Mars — than it is to return men to the moon.
And we’re sure that it’s just another “coincidence” that NASA has already “chosen” who will be the first woman on the moon — and she “just so happens to be” Jewish — Jessica Meir.
Of course, Jessica Meir will die of old age before NASA or anyone else puts a human on the moon — for the first time.
And since NASA has been caught faking the Mars rover program — it’s hard to imagine them “getting back” to the Moon without even more fakery.