Oklahoma State researchers hope to find improved radiation sensor

Saturday, January 31st 2004, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

Researchers at Oklahoma State University are working to find the best sensors to detect radiation on long space flights.

The scientists sent a mannequin into space yesterday aboard a Russian space capsule. The mannequin contains real bone and simulated human tissue and has several sensors to track radiation in different parts of the body.

Astronauts on the international space station will mount the mannequin outside the station next month. The results will be retrieved in about a year.

The scientists believe the sensors will be an improvement on the ones currently used by NASA.