The Van Allen Belts Are Lethal, This Is How Astronauts Fly Through Them

There’s an invisible, magnetic force field
surrounding our planet, protecting us from harmful solar wind that could annihilate Earth. But, this protective blanket is also a swirling ring full of deadly radiation. And to leave Earth’s atmosphere, astronauts
have to pass through it. The Van Allen belts are rings of energetically
charged particles that have been captured by Earth’s magnetic field. They got their name from this physicist, James
Van Allen. Back in the 1950s, Van Allen launched a rockoon,
a rocket lifted by a balloon above the atmosphere, and it detected the first hint of radiation
at higher altitudes. Then, Explorer 1, the first American satellite
to orbit Earth, launched in January 13, 1958. Explorer 1 confirmed that Earth’s magnetosphere
was trapping the subatomic particles. The Van Allen belts were the first major scientific
discovery of the early Space Age, and they posed a serious challenge for space travel. High speed subatomic particles can tear through
DNA, increasing the risks of cancer and other diseases. So sending astronauts through these particles
is not ideal, and even though they’re flying in a shielded spacecraft, doses of radiation
can still seep through. But there’s no way around the Van Allen
belts. In order to reach space, astronauts have to
travel through the inner belt, which is comprised of protons, and then through the outer belt,
which has mostly high energy-electrons. One solution, proposed by Mr. Van Allen himself,
suggested detonating a nuclear bomb in the inner belt to clear out radiation. While Van Allen’s plan wasn’t executed,
in 1962, the United States did carry out a nuclear test in space, dubbed Starfish Prime. They wanted to see if detonating a 1.4 megaton
bomb in low-Earth orbit could augment and expand the Van Allen Belts, but the explosion
actually ended up adding more radiation around our planet. So, for the Apollo missions, NASA had to create
a radiation barrier within the spacecraft and figure out a trajectory that avoided the
thickest, most radioactive part of the belts while traveling as fast as possible. Scientists determined that if the speed of
the apollo spacecraft was about 25,000 kilometers per hour, it would take a spacecraft about
52.8 minutes to pass through the belts. Scientists found that the radiation dose received
during that amount of time would be, at most, 11.4 rads and that’s without the protection
of a spacecraft. A lethal radiation dosage for a human is 300
rads in one hour, so NASA deemed the missions a go. After all that, it turned out, that during
the Apollo missions, the average radiation doses on the skin of the astronauts came out
to be 0.38 rad which is about the same radiation you would receive getting two CT scans of
your head. So while the Van Allen belts are lethal, they
could really only kill an astronaut if they were to spend several days in their radioactive
vicinity. And despite the challenges the belts create
when leaving Earth, we should actually be thanking them for protecting life on our planet
from utter annihilation.

100 thoughts on “The Van Allen Belts Are Lethal, This Is How Astronauts Fly Through Them

  1. Very good explanations, but over optimistic assumptions destroy the point you are trying to make. An average of 710 rad/day was measured by VA probe on its least protected sensor (radFET), generally Apollo VA belts crossing was 2x2h, which could result in an upper bound of 118 rad at the surface of the spacecraft, with a corresponding radiations protection factor of 311, while it is "only" ~70 for state of the art VA probe shielding (2012).
    Any name for this Apollo mission?
    Reference: page 5 below figure 7

  2. This video calls NASA liars as they have stated over and over again, that they don't have the technology to get humans safely through the Van Allen Belt and back.

    The video also shows a tracactory of a rocket that does not reflect the post flight (actual data) report from Boeing, which recorded earth orbit for Appolo 11 within 40 degree N and 40 degrees S., smack in the middle of the Van Allen Belt.

    Flight over Antartica are prohibited by international Treaty. Flights over the Soviet Union during the cold war, would have been an act of war.

  3. Funny how all the astronauts on the moon missions survived the radiation. All you have to do is Google how NASA did it. Not a mystery.

  4. The American public is extremely gullible and getting dumber everyday.They will believe just about anything asserted by any authority figure shown on the mass media network. Don't take anybody's word for it. Do your own objective research keeping in mind your own conformation bias. Do you really want to know the truth about if we landed men on the moon or not? Or do you just want to believe what makes you feel all warm and cozy inside? Educate yourself further about Magnitospheric physics. Read Van Allen's book on the origins of magnitospheric physics and his article from the 1959 issue of Scientific American. Educate yourself about Richard Nixon and the Nixon administration. Educate yourself about Werner Von Braun and operation Paperclip.Watch as many documentaries about the Apollo moon missions and the early days of NASA. Watch the conspiracy theory documentaries too not just the ones glorifying NASA and the US Government. Then and only then can you have a legitimate voice in the conversation. Until you know what you are talking about you are just another brainwashed moon-landing believing NASA fan. Being a moon landing denier at this time in history is a bit like being that first grader that figures out that Santa Clause isn't real and it was all a lie. If you go around telling all your classmates everybody hates you.

  5. So many wrong statements in this video, like that astronauts still go through or are going through the Van Allen belt no they're not, not since the 60s n early 70s. we don't even know how they supposedly did it. All that technology was "lost or destroid". Another thing about how we sent one nuke!?!?! Try thousands of nukes, for four years. "Project Damien, operation fishbowl" Do your own research people quit listening to paid bullshit spewers.

  6. Just because I know most of you won't do your own research.

    Look deeper into things for yourselves.

  7. Bullshit. No living human being has ever crossed this belt even with latest technology. But Neil Armstrong crossed it in 1969 in Nevada :D.

  8. did anyone show this genius clips of Astronauts not knowing wtf the belts are AT ALL… but went through them a bunch of times LMFAO. People like you should be shipped off to "space" in your aluminum foil lunar module, come on dude! There is about 20% science and 70% groupthink and being afraid of the consequences of what it would mean, throw in 10% wishful thinking technology. We are not even close. #MoonHoax

  9. NO! They departed at 25,000 MPH!! Not 25,000 KPH. That is the escape velocity that is required to get to the moon!!

  10. Bullshit. There is no way to press through it without being hit with deadly doses of radiation that will kill you and all electronics in the space craft. A nasa engineer admitted this to be true and that it poses a big challenge to overcome before they send humans further than low earth orbit. Nasa astronaut and ISS passenger Don Pettit also said in an interview that they "destroyed the technology" to go to the moon and that "it's a dificult proces to build it back again. Look into it instead of taking someone's word for it.

  11. Science for dumb asses OR blues clues meets fronting for nasa space urban myths. On the next segment they hire steve from blues clues to voice over, Steve sings we just got a letter and read a very educational letter on how the Van allen belt is actually a really cool theme park slash rest stop.Its radiation is actually lower than a hair dryer from the 70s. The long letter then gives the hard science facts of how Nasa lost the technology to go back to the moon and mr salt and mrs pepper claim one of the scientists moms accidently threw away films and other things related to the so called moon landings because one of the scientists didn't clean the secret high security moon landing storage rooms.

  12. How about telling folks about the temps at the mesosphere, thermosphere and beyond…the strongest metal on earth would not make anywhere near the belt. #whytheLies

  13. No need to go through them! Look at any image representing the Van Allen belts, notice how the belts or the radiation fields are absent or very weak at the poles.

    Circumnavigate the strongest parts of the Van Allen belts by launching from the polar regions. Like for example: Esrange – Europe's Premiere Spaceport, located in the very north of Sweden, above the Arctic Circle (68°N, 21°E).

    You're welcome!

  14. Does not need a small magnet ball soaking in lava to produce belt, most be some barrier, maybe aside the Dome one, cause they blasted the hell out of Ionisphere before with Operation Fishbowl.

  15. So many lies, I've watched an Apollo astronaut interview where he was asked if he was affected by the van allen belts when he passed through them, he said I don't know nobody really mentioned it so we weren't concerned. I thought wow this poor old guy still has strong recall of the false memory he was given.

  16. Throughout this video they say the scientists investigated all the dangers associated with going through the belts but provide no references or documentation. In addition, the astronauts themselves seemed ignorant of the belts existence and definitely were kept in the dark of how dangerous they were ("dangerous" as evidenced by the claim this video makes that they were investigated before the missions).

  17. A lot of propaganda bullshit! Even with the space shuttles they never were able to go near by the lower side of the belt because the radiation were far too high. The limit was 300km from the belt.

  18. And it took ALL the Apollo moon trips there how many days plus the return trip through those same belts? And here they said if they went through in a FEW hours no big deal,phff?

  19. Come on people! It was all a huge hoax carried out (not particularly cleverly) in a studio film set, probably the same one Cub's used to film 'Moonraker'. This film shown of the Van Allan belt is contrived by a NASA flunkie, with a smug, self-satisfied attitude with dubious knowledge of the said belts.

  20. Lol..of course they can see them and they just avoid them….This is just more damage BS because logical people know we didn't go to the MOON…

  21. So what they call tha van allen belt, is actually the currents caused by the earths vortex, what they are seeing is the current closest to the earth. The earths vortex actually extends out past the moon. The moons vortex is open on both ends this is why the moon doesn't have an axial rotation, hence the reason we only see one side of the moon. The earths vortex is the reason why the earth seems to be tilted on its axis. So the earths vortex exist inside of the master vortex, of which the sun is at the center, the sun doesn't give of any light, as much as it polarizes needles in the master vortex, so actually the earth is disrupting the polarization of these needles, hence darkness which is the negative side.

  22. Who would have thought Aluminum foil and duct tape could stop that much radiation. Please don't believe their lies.


  24. Complete bullshit, nothing alive gets thru the van allen belts, moon landing a fake and fraud by our 'trusted' CIA

  25. Lies, Lies, Lies, Lies!!! No man has ever gone bast the Van Allen belts and survived. Bla, bla, bla! If you think this video is true then well I don't even know what to say… "Sorry folks the parks closed, moose should have informed you out front"

  26. wait so the radiation really isn't very harmful but we still tried blowing it up with a nuke??? then the radiation from the nuke just happened to stay there??

  27. Astronaughts don't even go close to it… No space launch has exited Earth low orbit except for Apollo. I like how they make it sound like everyone goes though it… But no modern space flight has even been in space. So once any country in the world sends a person above 700km there is no need to try to sell anyone on this. All manned missions have been canceled and delayed so ya forget the moon, let just try to get a person past 700km.

  28. So this is why nasa has admitted many times they still can't get to the moon because of the van allen belts.. ohhhhh got it….
    Seriously what a ridiculous video.. its 2019.. the few idiots left still believing we went to the moon should just go away.

  29. I like how they say "astronauts" when only the Apollo guys were the only ones to pass 700km in all of earths history among all the countries in the world. Astronauts do not pass though the Van Allen belts and that is why no modern space program has sent anyone past them. This is why all manned moon mission are canceled or delayed they can't even send someone to 1000km and back let alone to the moon. I am sure someone will go directly to insults on me… No need to insult me just let me know whom outside of the Apollo mission has even left low earth orbit? One small step for nothing! One giant leap for nothing!

  30. The information about the amount of radiation in this video about varb is complete bs.
    The levels are much much much highet and no human has yet traveled through even the smallest part if varb.

  31. Space is Fake . Too Many bubbles , CGI, Harness , The Earth is Flat , Stop Watching TV , Homeschool your Children 🙂 QC

  32. Blow up a nuke (which is basically a radiation bomb) in space to reduce the radiation from the Van Allen belts.

    Very clever, guys. Makes total sense.

  33. So NASA can't get through them but you and all your buddies think we can. Gee who actually sends people to space instead of believing spaced out people. Well done!

  34. 2:50 Apollo 7 has the same values as apollo 8 although 7 remained in orbit and 8 surrounded the moon. You are also looking for the amount of X unsuccessfully because through the flight through space comes an amount to. Apollo 11 did not receive more radiation than the pure orbital missions 7 & 9 despite moon stay and return flight.

  35. "Let's try blowing a hole in the thing that protects our planet from being wiped out." Thanks for allowing us to vote on that! Oh! WAIT! They didn't.
    Seriously, I missed everything he said after that.

  36. I'm not a radiation expert, so I guess I'll just have to believe the explanation that it really is at a low level outside the Van Allen belts. But even if it was at a high level, I reckon they could take it, just like they had no harmful effects from breathing in deadly lunar dust. and

  37. This i don't understand… He say van Allen protects life on this planet… Never the less they go though it… I am confused.
    This is like saying I have to walls to protect me inside from solar pure form of radiation… however I go out there with my small capsule that is capable of deflection… Can someone show me the amount of nuclear blast radiation (even small one) compare to space
    By the way this video is wrong…

  38. THIS VID IS A LIE THEY EXPLODED TEN NUKES MAY BE MORE "Operation Fishbowl" was a series of high altitude nuclear tests in 1962 that were carried out by the United States as a part of the larger "Operation Dominic" nuclear test program.

  39. The radiation is WAY higher than what you say on this video. Several ppl have asked NASA for the data on the belts and it is classified information…. why would it be classified information if levels low as said in this video ?

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