posted on Feb, 14 2013 @ 09:03 PM
reply to post by Cauliflower
Absolutely. If you are sending men and women into space then real threat or no, the van Allen Belt issue must be addressed. By that I mean it must
be studied very seriously . If men and women are not on board, it is more or less of no concern.
Keep in mind the Russians brought moon rocks back to the earth robotically. So it is easier robotically and it is less expensive. Just ask the
Russians. If they were going to ultimately succeed with a manned program they would have had to have spent all the more money.
What happened when the Apollo 15 astronauts got the arrythmia problems? They had to study their hearts in great detail upon their return and it
ultimately was determined that it was a potassium deficiency based problem responsible. How much did that cost to figure out? You can bet plenty.
And you can also bet they could not ignore it.
When they cured Shepard of his middle ear problem they subsequently had to study him in great detail to be sure it was safe to send him into space.
How much did that evaluation cost? Plenty. If the trips were unmanned, the Shepard trip would have cost that much less and that is a lot.
When Borman got sick on the Apollo 8 trip they had had to study the Apollo 8 capsule upon its return in great detail because they were worried that it
was infected. They had to culture it for virus and bacteria. They had to culture the astronauts' stool looking for virus and bacteria. They had to
draw their blood and run influenza titers to be sure that wasn't the problem. They had to go back and study the food supply to be sure there was no
preformed staph toxin. All this took a tremendous amount of time and was very expensive.
This is just the tip of the iceberg, but because the US program used people the cost was very high.
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