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OK Radiation Smart Structures with H-rich Nanostructured Multifunctional Materials Oklahoma State University/NASA Marshall, Johnson and Langley, Human Exploration & Operations and Space Technology Mission Directorates

Living on the Moon could become a reality through new research from engineering and physics faculty at OSU. “With fewer and fewer places left to explore on Earth, our attention is turning toward outer space,” says Dr. Ranji Vaidyanathan, Varnadow Chair and OSU-Tulsa professor of materials science and engineering. “Living in space is the next frontier for us.” An interdisciplinary team is working to develop a new radiation-shielding material that could be used to construct habitats that protect astronauts from prolonged exposure to galactic cosmic radiation. The material will shield astronauts from ionizing radiation during missions to asteroids near Earth, the Moon and Mars and could also be used in the creation of lunar and Martian habitats. Using 3-D printing technology and contour crafting, astronauts will be able to create the parts and construct igloo-like habitats in space, instead of building units on Earth and transporting them. The team is collaborating with scientists at NASA Langley Research Center in Virginia, Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., and Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, to find additional applications for the material.

Dr. Ranji K. Vaidyanathan, Science PI www.nasa.gov/epscor/stimuli

Dr. Sheila Ann Thibeault, NASA Technical Monitor, Langley Research Center, HEOMD

A simulated 2D view generated by FLUKA of energy deposition by a 162 MeV proton beam for a 5 g/cm2 thickness of polyethylene. x and y axes are in cm. Color scale is in units of GeV/cm3 proton.

Batch mixture used to mix thermoplastic with different materials.

Image of blended PE + boron carbide (black) and boron nitride (white) after mixing in the lab mixer.

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EPSCoR Stimuli 2014-15  

NASA Office of Education’s Aerospace Research & Career Development (ARCD) is pleased to release NASA EPSCoR Stimuli, a collection of univers...

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