Okay, so not really teaching, more like using students to help do an experiment to read radioactivity on the ground, in the sky and in space. Connected directly to an astronaut’s work in orbit, these students will get to help do an experiment that will not only be useful, but also an important moment in any space exploration.

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Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield has gotten the help from more than 6000 students from nine provinces and one territory to participate in the RADI-N2 & You Action Project. The children, along with Air Canada Jazz pilots and the Ontario Science Centre, will take part in a nationwide experiment to measure radiation dosages.

The project is meant to look at the radiation that is coming from space, and how much of it will affect people that are in space and the air for extended periods of time. This would be applicable in helping to prepare astronauts who would be going on a two-year mission to space. This mission to could potentially expose the astronaut’s excessive amounts of radiation as causing health issues.

When the particles strike an object, such as the metal skin of the Space Station, they are broken down into other particles such as neutrons, and can continue through the metal and then through the skin of a person.

This can cause damage to tissue or DNA,

which can lead to mutations and, in some cases, cancer.

International Space Station ISS

This will not only be useful in measuring the radiation dosage, but also be inspirational to younger students. Rarely do students get to participate in things that are so global and important, especially something that comes from Space. With the initiative of Let’s Talk Science, the generosity of the corporate sponsors who supplied dosimeters and the cooperation of Chris Hadfield, this becomes more than just an experiment, it becomes a means to have space become something more down to earth.

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