Scientists at the University of South Carolina are studying the ability of animals and insects to adapt to life in the Chernobyl zone, to develop mechanisms to protect the astronauts from radiation.
Studies of animals in the Chernobyl zone can help to protect the astronauts from the radiation - National Geographic. VIDEO
As reported mediaUA with reference to "Gromadska", writes National Geographic.
"Only one place on Earth can offer a unique opportunity to study the long-term effects of radiation exposure and possibly find a better way to protect him - it's Chernobyl," the researchers note.
Professor of biological Sciences at the University of South Carolina Timothy Musso explores animals in the exclusion zone since 2000.
"The secret to the potential success of interstellar travel is the search for animals, plants and microorganisms on Earth that have undergone this type of radiation and evolved" - said the scientist.
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He drew attention to the ability of animals to delay or completely avoid the effects of radiation. Scientist during the research studied more than hundred species, "to see how they react to the environment."
"Some species, such as bug-soldier, mutate aesthetically pleasing, usually symmetrical structures deform and break down. Others, including some birds and bacteria showed increased tolerance and resistance to radiation", - stated in the message.
These differences in response to radiation, the scientist believes, can give hints how to help with space travel as a human.
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