With its pioneering research, the Belgian Nuclear Research Centre (SCK CEN) aims to enable long-term space missions e.g. to the Moon or Mars. Together with international experts, SCK CEN supports space exploration by characterizing the composition and dose of cosmic radiation in space, by defining its biological impact and by monitoring astronauts’ health (e.g. through blood testing after space missions).
Furthermore, SCK CEN examines how to assure a healthy microbial environment and helps to develop a bio-based waste recycling system allowing oxygen, water and food production in space.