By Associated Press - Wednesday, March 18, 2015

IRVINE, Calif. (AP) - The University of California, Irvine is getting $9 million from NASA to study the phenomenon known as “space brain.”

With the NASA grant, UC Irvine professor of radiation oncology Charles Limoli will lead the effort to understand the short-term and long-term effects of space radiation on the brain and the rest of the central nervous system.

The university announced the grant on Tuesday.

Space radiation has been shown to cause cognition problems in rodents, and the university says understanding its long-term consequences could be essential for longer manned space journeys.

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