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NASA to Bomb Monkeys with Gamma Radiation
Gizmodo ^ | 11/13/09

Posted on 11/14/2009 8:51:16 AM PST by KevinDavis

Dear NASA, I love you, but come on... Monkey radiation tests? What is this? The 50s? Are you going to resuscitate J. Edgar Hoover next? Didn't you guys see Matthew Broderick and Helen Hunt saving the monkeys in Project X?

That's what NASA is planing to do: Use squirrel monkeys to test the possible effect of radiation in humans for long-term space missions. This is the first time the agency is going to test with monkeys since the days of the Mercury Project.

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TOPICS: Astronomy; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: monkeys; space
So???
1 posted on 11/14/2009 8:51:16 AM PST by KevinDavis
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2 posted on 11/14/2009 8:52:28 AM PST by KevinDavis (Can't Stop the Signal!)
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To: KevinDavis

Use the Gitmo prisoners instead


3 posted on 11/14/2009 8:53:34 AM PST by al baby (Hi Mom sarc ;))
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To: KevinDavis

Only if we pack them into missiles and bomb the moon when we’re done with them.


4 posted on 11/14/2009 8:54:02 AM PST by cripplecreek (Seniors, the new shovel ready project under socialized medicine.)
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To: KevinDavis
Isn't that how The Hulk was created? Gamma radiation?

Do we really need "hulked-out" monkeys?

5 posted on 11/14/2009 8:54:57 AM PST by humblegunner
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To: KevinDavis

Dare we risk...
"THE MENACE Of THE SUPER-APE!"

6 posted on 11/14/2009 8:55:16 AM PST by B-Chan (Catholic. Monarchist. Texan. Any questions?)
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To: KevinDavis
Why doesn't Peta and others of their ilk volunteer in place of the animals?
7 posted on 11/14/2009 8:55:37 AM PST by HuntsvilleTxVeteran ((B.?) Hussein (Obama?Soetoro?Dunham?) Change America Will Die From.)
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To: KevinDavis

It’d be more cost effective and NASA would get fewer complaints if they’d skip the tests and just send the US Congress into space.


8 posted on 11/14/2009 8:56:59 AM PST by bgill (The framers of the US Constitution established an entire federal government in 18 pages.)
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To: bgill

I wonder if this kind of testing was already done at places like Oak Ridge.


9 posted on 11/14/2009 8:58:10 AM PST by DonaldC (A nation cannot stand in the absence of religious principle.)
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To: KevinDavis

I say we limit radiation exposure to astronauts by developing much faster propulsion systems.


10 posted on 11/14/2009 9:00:55 AM PST by cripplecreek (Seniors, the new shovel ready project under socialized medicine.)
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To: DonaldC

Yes, in the 60’s- 70’s, they irradiated generations of mice at ORNL in low-level gamma-N fields.

The AF irradiated monkeys and other primates to find the effects of large pulsed doses on bomber pilots and ground troops, this was done somewhere in Southern California at several sites in, I think, the mid 70’s.

Space radiation is different from either of these environments, previous tests probably would not be applicable.

One issue is shielding. When you stop a high energy particle in say, lead, you generate secondary particles and bremsstrahlung radiation that can actually INCREASE the dose to what you are trying to shield. You can also take the primary particle (that would zip right through everything) and lower its energy so that it hits the Bragg Peak as it goes through your pilot’s brain or eye and be totally absorbed (rather than passing through to visit other areas of the galaxy).


11 posted on 11/14/2009 9:18:53 AM PST by DBrow (Thank You Al Gore You Saved Earth!)
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To: cripplecreek

Solar sails.


12 posted on 11/14/2009 9:19:24 AM PST by DBrow (Thank You Al Gore You Saved Earth!)
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To: KevinDavis

Are they trying to make liberals?


13 posted on 11/14/2009 9:33:14 AM PST by SWAMPSNIPER (THE SECOND AMENDMENT, A MATTER OF FACT, NOT A MATTER OF OPINION)
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To: KevinDavis

Gamma-Radiated Space Monkeys sounds like some techno group....


14 posted on 11/14/2009 9:33:50 AM PST by mikrofon (Space BUMP)
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To: al baby
"Use the Gitmo prisoners instead"

Use congress instead.

Of course it will be very difficult to tell when they become impaired, maybe when they refuse to spend money.

15 posted on 11/14/2009 9:35:34 AM PST by muir_redwoods (Obama: The Fresh Prince of Bill Ayers)
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To: KevinDavis
What could possibly go wrong?


16 posted on 11/14/2009 9:38:52 AM PST by RichInOC (No! BAD Rich! (What'd I say?))
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To: KevinDavis

17 posted on 11/14/2009 9:42:19 AM PST by bmwcyle (When do they collect and jail the homeless when they don't buy their health care?)
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To: al baby
I say use Helen Thomas!
From The Vitamin Press

18 posted on 11/14/2009 10:47:08 AM PST by TheVitaminPress
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To: KevinDavis
This sort of thing is destined to turn out well...


19 posted on 11/14/2009 10:47:28 AM PST by The Comedian (Evil can only succeed if good men don't point at it and laugh.)
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To: The Comedian

Its a MADHOUSE!


20 posted on 11/14/2009 10:48:35 AM PST by TheVitaminPress
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To: KevinDavis
I object!
21 posted on 11/14/2009 2:14:17 PM PST by Young Werther ("Quae Cum Ita Sunt - Julius Caesar "Since these things are so!")
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To: bgill
"... just send the US Congress into space."

I second that.

22 posted on 11/14/2009 2:21:54 PM PST by LiberConservative ("Sarah Palin irritates all the right people." -Dennis Miller)
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To: KevinDavis
So, NASA is gonna spank the monkey?
23 posted on 11/15/2009 3:52:08 PM PST by colorado tanker (What's it all about, Barrrrry? Is it just for the power, you live?)
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To: KevinDavis
This is what happens when you cut NASA's funding.
24 posted on 11/15/2009 4:39:52 PM PST by Question_Assumptions
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