posted on Aug, 26 2012 @ 01:37 PM
Originally posted by CaptainPicard
I wonder if he left a diary of how they faked the moon landing and how nobody was willing to exit the magnetosphere due to the extreme radiation...
Someone needs to do some basic research, here ill help you captain..
This is a claim the hoax advocates often make, but it is a gross exaggeration and simply not supported by the data. Radiation was a definite concern
for NASA before the first space flights, but they invested a great deal of research into it and determined the hazard was minimal. It took Apollo only
about an hour to pass through the worst part of the radiation belts - once on the outbound trip and once again on the return trip. The total radiation
dose received by the astronauts was about one rem. A person will experience radiation sickness with a dose of 100-200 rem, and death with a dose of
300+ rem. Clearly the doses received fall well below anything that could be considered a significant risk. Despite claims that "lead shielding meters
thick would have been needed", NASA found it unnecessary to provide any special radiation shielding.
The hoax advocates also make the mistake of limiting themselves to two-dimensional thinking. The Van Allen Radiation Belts consist of a
doughnut-shaped region centered on Earth's magnetic equator. The translunar trajectories followed by the Apollo spacecraft were typically inclined
about 30 degrees to Earth's equator, therefore Apollo bypassed all but the edges of the radiation belts, greatly reducing the exposure.
Solar flares were a NASA concern as well, but the radiation doses claimed by the hoax advocates are again greatly exaggerated and unsubstantiated.
Although low-intensity solar flares are common, they posed no real threat to the astronauts. High-intensity solar flares could have endangered the
astronauts' health, but these large eruptions are infrequent. Furthermore, there are statistical methods for determining the likelihood of a major
flare during a given time interval. If NASA found an unacceptably high probability for a solar flare event during a scheduled flight, the mission
would have been postponed. No large solar flares occurred during the Apollo missions and typical radiation doses received by the astronauts was very
I think the captain needs to step down....