How Does Space Radiation Cause Cancer in Astronauts? And Can We Prevent It?
In the vacuum of space, astronauts are exposed to cosmic radiation constantly. This can damage cells and cause mutations that drive cancer. This problem may seem far away, yet it is a huge limiting factor for space-flight. While the link between radiation and cancer has long been understood, we want to take a more in-depth look. Understanding the specific molecular drivers of injury in space radiation exposure can give us major insights into how to mitigate injury, and potentially even provide preventative measures.