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A Tel-Aviv (Israel) based company StemRad has designed a vest to shield astronauts from deadly solar particles in deep space. The company has previously produced and marketed a belt to protect rescue workers from harmful gamma ray radiation emitted in nuclear disasters.
The tailor-made vest for each astronaut is supposed to protect vital human tissue, especially stem cells, which could be devastated by solar radiation in deep space. Although NASA has decided to send astronauts to Mars in the mid-2030s, the vests will be sent in the Lunar Exploration Mission-1 (EM-1), the first flight of the combined Space Launch System Rocket and the Orion capsule.
(Astronauts in Earth’s orbit, such as on the International Space Station (ISS), do not face the same risk because they are protected by the planet’s magnetic field which acts as a shield.)