Topical Team "Space radiation research for the lunar missions"


The current space programs related to Deep Space Gateway (DSG) and the moon base require definition of programs and of payloads and facilities for space radiation research. The radiation environment on the moon is indeed substantially different than in low-Earth Orbit (LEO). The moon has a very small atmosphere density and magnetic field intensity, and is therefore much more exposed to energetic heavy ions form the galactic cosmic radiation than LEO. This increases the uncertainty on the radiation-induced late effects. Moreover, the risk of acute effects from intense SPE during EVA becomes significant and needs to be addressed. Finally, the possibility of exploiting in situ resources for thick shielding of the bases is also an issue not relevant for LEO.  The Topical Team (TT) will review the differences in the space environment between moon and LEO, and define a roadmap for scientific activities on ground, on the DSG, and on the moon for monitoring and mitigate the impact of space radiation exposure.

Topical team members


Marco Durante, GSI, Germany (TT coordinator)


Physics/dosimetry in lunar orbit
Thomas Berger, DLR, Köln, Germany
Martina Giraudo, Thales Alenia Space, Italy
Chiara La Tessa, University of Trento, Italy
Livio Narici, University Tor Vergata, Rome, Italy
Sarah Baatout, SCK-CEN, Belgium
Christine Hellweg, DLR, Germany
Laure Sabatier, CEA, France
Uwe Schneider, Zurich, Switzerland