This is an art installation questioning the relationship between space radiation hazards and human space activities – a result after a 2 week study trip to Johnson Space Centre in Houston for Stars Design Project *.
Research shows that there are high levels of radiation in outer space where astronauts are not protected by the Earth’s atmosphere. In fact, the longer the mission, the higher the risk of death by cancer. This project indicates that during a space travel, no matter if you have radiation detector equipment or not, the human body is always the first one detected the radiation. In most cases your body won't react to the radiation immediately, unless the “cancer” is telling you.
The aim of this project is to create a discussion on how society perceive astronauts, are they heroes or mice? The project is summarized by a fully functional Geiger Counter* covered by glass shell in the shape of an astronaut.
* Star Project is organized by the Master Programme in Industrial Design at Lund University in collaboration with NASA in the autumn of 2013.
* Geiger Counter: the most common radiation detector
Typology: Art Installation
Dimensions: 320 x 210 x 120
Materials/Finish: Glass, Oak, Electronic components
- space radiation hazards