2021 VCE Physics Lecture Series - Lecture 5

2021 VCE Physics Lecture Series - Lecture 5

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Medley Theatre/online

Redmond Barry Building

University of Melbourne

Parkville, VIC 3010


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Protecting astronauts from ionising radiation on the Mission to Mars

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Protecting Astronauts from Ionising Radiation on the Mission to Mars

Prof Susanna Guatelli (University of Wollongong and 2021 AIP Women in Physics Lecturer)

Come and join us for the forth lecture in the 2021 series as our special guest, Professor Susanna Guatelli talks about her work with astronauts heading to Mars.

Human missions to Mars have been identified as a main goal of human exploration by the International Space Exploration Coordination Group. The roadmap to the human exploration of Mars started with the International Space Station mission about twenty years ago and is envisaged to continue with a human outpost on the Moon and finally with a mission to Mars within the next twenty years.

A human mission to Mars would expose astronauts to serious health hazards, including acute and late risks caused by exposure to cosmic radiation, eventually leading to cancer and death. The design of shielding solutions and of powerful and accurate radiation monitoring systems are subjects of research to facilitate the human exploration of the Solar System.

However, the testing of proposed novel technologies on Earth is limited as there is no facility capable of producing the cosmic radiation the astronauts would encounter in space.

So how do we make sure our astronauts will be safe? Professor Guatelli will be taking us through her amazing research here on Earth.

Limited number of live audience tickets.

Talk will be live streamed and Zoom link will be sent upon registration.

This is a Covid-safe event. Masks and social distancing will be required. You MUST register to attend the in-person live experience.

• Complete a symptom self-assessment prior to leaving home. Do not come to the event if you are unwell, even with very mild symptoms

• Maintain 1.5 metres distance from others during the event, where possible

• Do not come to the event if you are required to isolate or quarantine for any reason and/or you are awaiting results of a COVID-19 test.

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• Follow directions for face coverings and hygiene during the event

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Teachers and parents welcome.

Further questions, please contact vce@physics.unimelb.edu.au

Image : Courtesy of NASA