posted on Apr, 4 2011 @ 08:09 AM
reply to post by ckitch
Dr. Van Allen himself says that the astronauts were in no real danger from the belts.
"The recent Fox TV show, which I saw, is an ingenious and entertaining assemblage of nonsense. The claim that radiation exposure during the Apollo
missions would have been fatal to the astronauts is only one example of such nonsense." -- Dr. James Van Allen
The primary danger from the Van Allen Belts are high-energy protons and electrons. They are particles, not rays. Rays (x-rays, gamma, etc..) are
harder to protect against and you need something like thick lead or other heavy metals to block them (hence the lead apron you wear when taking
x-rays). As for the particles in the Van Allen Belts, thick layers of heavy metals are actually the WORSE way to shield something. The lighter the
metal the better the protection. The Aluminum skin of the lunar spacecraft was a great choice, also, the fibrous insulation in between the walls of
the spacecraft would provide a better shield than the 6 feet of lead some people claim would be needed.
Also, the navigation team for the Apollo missions plotted a course through the thinnest parts of the belts (because the belts consist of low and high
density areas, it is not a uniform situation) and had the astronauts traverse the belts in just about, or just under, 4 hours thereby minimizing the
effect of the travelling through the belts. Many theories state that the navigation charts don't show that but the charts available without heavy
searching or to people not willing to look only show a 2D image of the trajectory of the craft whereas the actual navigation charts/info are 3D in
nature and show very well the path through the thinnest parts of the belts.
I'm sure there are a bunch of other facts and scientific measurements to show this but I don't work for NASA and I'm not a degreed astrophysicist
I'm not arguing with you about the reality of whether the landings were real or faked. I'm just trying to inject some knowledge into the thread
because I hear "what about the van allen belts?!" all the time but nobody ever does their research.
edit on 4-4-2011 by Apex Predator because: to add quote by Dr. Vann Allen