Israel’s space agency is collaborating with its US counterpart NASA for the Artemis I space mission that was set to launch today, but has now been delayed.
What it means: The Israel Space Agency and the German Aerospace Center are working with NASA on an experiment to investigate radiation exposure during the space flight. To this end, one manikin on the Artemis spacecraft will wear a vest — dubbed AstroRad and made by the Israeli-American company StemRad — to protect it from radiation. The torsos — nicknamed Zohar and Helga — were built to resemble the bones, tissues and organs in female humans, allowing the agencies to gauge the vest's effectiveness in protecting from radiation during space travel. The purpose of the overall mission is to one day enable humans to safely travel to Mars, the Israel Space Agency said in a press release.