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NASA Engineer Resigns to Protest Agency’s Monkey Radiation Experiments … Won’t you protest, too?

August 5, 2010
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FROM PCRM

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In today’s economy, it takes courage to walk away from a job. It takes conviction if it’s the job you dreamt of since childhood. Recently, April Evans left NASA when the agency refused to address her concerns—and those of a growing number of scientists—about its misguided plan to irradiate squirrel monkeys. Now, you can join Evans and ask NASA to stop the cruel experiments.

Evans was faced with the obvious concerns about animal research that has no applicability to human health when she learned of NASA’s plan in January. NASA’s proposal to expose monkeys to radiation to try to understand the effects of long-distance human spaceflight is a prime example of this futile and frustrating research.

Evans’ decision to quit NASA, where she was an engineer who worked on NASA’s International Space Station, has received extensive coverage, including a story in the Houston Chronicle.

NASA’s current plans constitute a massive waste of taxpayer dollars to study the effects of a few minutes of radiation exposure on two-pound squirrel monkeys in a futile attempt to determine the effects of months or years of space travel on 180-pound human astronauts. That $1.75 million should be allocated toward modern nonanimal alternatives, such as anthropomorphic phantoms, which are proven more accurate than animal experiments.

NASA has already conducted four decades of space radiation experiments on nonhuman primates. But the research was halted in 1990 because it failed to advance even the most basic safety aspects of space travel. The reason is simple: Data derived from radiation experiments in animals do not translate to humans.

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9 Comments leave one →
  1. Aquitaine Hall permalink
    August 5, 2010 1:04 pm

    Please stop this.

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  2. Anonymous permalink
    August 5, 2010 1:11 pm

    There are more humane methods that can be used rather than put poor innocent monkeys through horrible experiments. This needs to stop. Maybe someone should try going through those experiments at NASA see how it feels. Plus, is it for money because this is not science I tell you this is abuse of a life form. I am discusted that the Government would allow such experiments. Let the animals go free.

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  3. Anonymous permalink
    August 5, 2010 1:12 pm

    Please take action with me, click on the take action button.

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  4. maria eugenia gonzalez permalink
    August 5, 2010 5:10 pm

    Done!!
    Ty

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  5. MICHELLE MOREL permalink
    August 5, 2010 8:00 pm

    TELL THEM TO PUT MURDERERS LIFERS AND PRISONERS IN SPACE AND BLOW THEM OUT OF THE UNIVERSE

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  6. CATHALA permalink
    August 5, 2010 10:38 pm

    La nasa doit arrêté tout ça ave les animaux c’est infect!!!!!

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  7. CATHALA permalink
    August 5, 2010 10:39 pm

    Tout ceci doit stopper c’est trop cruel

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  8. Alma permalink
    August 7, 2010 9:35 am

    How awful has society become that we are doing this to these poor creatures.

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  9. August 8, 2010 4:03 am

    çoook ilginç çok. bilgi için teşekkürler. araştırmalarda başarılar dilerim.

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