ALTEA: Anomalous long term effects in astronauts. A probe on the influence of cosmic radiation and microgravity on the central nervous system during long flights

L. Narici*, V. Bidoli, M. Casolino, M. P. De Pascale, G. Furano, A. Morselli, P. Picozza, E. Reali, R. Sparvoli, S. Lococcia, P. Romagnoli, E. Traversa, W. G. Sannita, A. Loizzo, A. Galper, A. Khodarovich, M. G. Korotkov, A. Popov, N. Vavilov, S. AvdeevV. P. Salnitskii, O. I. Shevchenko, V. P. Petrov, K. A. Trukhanov, M. Boezio, W. Bonvicini, A. Vacchi, N. Zampa, R. Battiston, G. Mazzenga, M. Ricci, P. Spillantini, G. Castellini, P. Carlson, C. Fuglesang

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The ALTEA project partecipates to the quest for increasing the safety of manned space flights. It addresses the problems related to possible functional damage to neural cells and circuits due to particle radiation in space environment. Spcifically it aims at studying the functionality of the astronauts' Central Nervous Systems (CNS) during long space flights and relating it to the peculiar environments in space, with a particular focus on the particle flux impinging in the head. The project is a large international and multi-disciplinary collaboration. Competences in particle physics, neurophysiology, psychophysiology, electronics, space environment, data analyses will work together to construct the fully integrated vision electrophysiology and particle analyser system which is the core device of the project: an helmet-shaped multy-sensor device that will measure concurrently the dynamics of the functional status of the visual system and passage of each particle through the brain within a pre-determined energy window. ALTEA is scheduled to fly in the International Space Station in late 2002. One part of the multy-sensor device, one of the advanced silicon telescopes, will be launched in the ISS in early 2002 and serve as test for the final device and as discriminating dosimeter for the particle fluences within the ISS.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)141-146
Number of pages6
JournalAdvances in Space Research
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2003
Externally publishedYes

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Funding Information:
In order to give a complete answer to these problems the ALTEA project has been designed. It has been financed by the Italian Space Agency (ASI) and by the National Institute for Nuclear Physics (INFN), rated "Highly recomended" by the European Space Agency (ESA). It has a flight opportunity on the ISS for late 2002. A particle telescope from the larger ALTEA device plus an EEG is due to be launched on the ISS (Russian segment) in the early 2002.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Geophysics
  • General Earth and Planetary Sciences
  • Space and Planetary Science
  • Atmospheric Science


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