New satellite project highlighted at special screening of The Martian in Ancaster

November 1, 2016

New satellite project highlighted at special screening of The Martian in Ancaster

The Radiation Science Graduate Program and McMaster Alumni Association are offering McMaster grad students a limited number of free tickets to a showing of The Martian on Nov. 3 at 6.30 pm at Cineplex Ancaster (formerly Silvercity Ancaster). You can also learn more at the event about an exciting new satellite project based at McMaster – involving grad students – that will help real astronauts make it safely to Mars. 

Free tickets can be picked up at the front desk of the School of Graduate Studies main office in Gilmour Hall, Rm 212 on a first come/first serve basis. Please bring your graduate student ID when you pick up your tickets!

The Neudose satellite project involves a number of engineering students and is receiving research support from Physics and Astronomy’s Soo Hyun Byun and McMaster Radiation Sciences alumnus Andrei Hanu, who is now at NASA.

Neudose is aiming to launch new radiation dosimetry equipment on a commercial satellite to allow long-term radiation dosimetry monitoring in space. The new detectors are being developed here at McMaster and are supported by Byun’s research program. One of the biggest risks for astronauts on a mission to Mars will be the radiation doses they receive. More data is required soon for radiation risk assessment and mitigation strategy development, if a mission is to launch in 2030. Neudose aims to provide some of that data.