Dr. James Van Allen discovered a dangerous (not harmless)
belt of radiation - an obstacle to men going to the Moon

Professor Emeritus, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Iowa
Born in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, and class valedictorian

Van Allen didn't win his many awards for discovering a belt of harmless radiation.
The radiation was so strong it stopped his Geiger counters
His experimental equipment was included on Explorer 1, 2 (blew up) and 3
His discovery saved the lives of astronauts who would have tried to go through the Belts.

Scientific American March 1959

Radiation Belts around the Earth

by Dr. James Van Allen

Conclusion on page 47
Click for Complete PDF

Our measurements show that the maximum radiation level as of 1958 is equivalent to between 10 and 100 roentgens per hour, depending on the still-undetermined proportion of protons to electrons.  Since a human being exposed for two days to even 10 roentgens would have only an even chance of survival, the radiation belts obviously present an obstacle to space flight.  Unless some practical way can be found to shield space-travelers against the effects of the radiation, manned space rockets can best take off through the radiation-free zone over

the poles.  A "space station" must orbit below 400 miles or beyond 30,000 miles from the earth.  We are now planning a satellite flight that will test the efficacy of various methods of shielding.

The hazard to space-travelers may not end even when they have passed the terrestrial radiation belts.  According to present knowledge the other planets of our solar system may have magnetic fields comparable to the earth's and thus may possess radiation belts of their own.  The moon, however, probably has no belt, because its magnetic field appears to be feeble.  Lunar probes should give us more definite information on this point before long. 

Inner Belt 1000-8000 miles
Outer Belt 12000-25000 miles

Dr. Van Allen was under considerable pressure from the pro-moon landing scientists.
He was awarded, wined, dined, and persuaded by NASA to discount his own experiments.

Dr. Van Allen never recanted his findings in a scientific paper.
Only in an alleged email, supposedly from him, later in life.
Scientists publish findings in journals, not an email.

No one has yet done any experiment refuting his 1959 findings

ntists get awarded for finding something beneficial, or dangerous - but not harmless.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q7pzg9xpAOE   22:30
James Van Allen was born in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa
and discovered the Van Allen Belts of deadly radiation
that prevents man from going to the Moon
without strong protection such as lead shielding.


But Dr. Van Allen said "this is nonsense" in an email, possibly under duress or threats.
We don't know if the email was really from him, or the NSA intercepting emails.
He discovered a fatal radiation belt, then says it is nonsense?   Nonsense.
He never published any paper or article discounting his experiments or results.

The Van Allen Belt is a major obstacle to Moon landings.
He would have to speak against NASA and most Americans.
He would need very strong intestinal fortitude.

Note: currently someone supporting the official story posted on Wikipedia that the Van Allen Belt is safe, but it also says:
The belts are a hazard for artificial satellites and are dangerous for human beings, and are difficult and expensive to shield against.

Dr. James Van Allen did not get all the scientific awards for discovering a "harmless field of radiation". The VABelt is deadly, huge (60000 km / 37282 mi), and takes over 1.5 hours to get through at 39000 km/h or 24000 mph. He saved lives of astronauts who would have gone through it. Beyond the VAB astronauts get the full brunt of solar flares (at a high level 1969-1972). This is why the recent Orion rocket is unmanned, and measuring the radiation. Apollo astronauts could not withstand 100 REMs for hours when the IAEA occupational limit is 5 REMs per year.

Dr. James Van Allen  PhD  h=47  Moon
1914 - 2006   Wiki   PDF  Google Scholar Profile

California Academy of Sciences
says the Van Allen Belts are deadly in 1959.
Why would they not be deadly in 1969?
Even those these videos are old, science has withstood the test of time.
No one has refuted them - even after many years.
Science in Action #355- Earth's Radiation Belt (1959) - California Academy of Sciences.mp4

Dr. Earl S. Harold  on his Science In Action series.
California Academy of Sciences
"The Earth is surrounded by intense radiation."

Dr. R. Stephen White,  the Leader of the
Nuclear Effects Group,  Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Inner and Outer Radiation Belts

Rocket launched from balloon from a ship
into Earth's orbit

"Rock-oon" put geiger counters into orbit
ranging from 200 to 1500 miles

Radiation increased, then dropped to zero

Above 800 miles the radiation was so intense...

the Roentgens per hour dropped to zero
as the Geiger counter got over-loaded
When the instruments got below the belt they recovered

Pioneer 3 confirmed the results at 65000 miles
and found a 2nd radiation belt
Sr. Staff Physicist Dr. Stanley Freden and Dr. Al Oliver

Low inner belt, about 800 miles, has 1 Roentgen/hour
Inner belt is maximum at 2000 miles out, 10 Roentgens/hour
Outer belt is maximum at 10000 miles out, up to 100 Roentgens/hour
A human should only get 1 Roentgen per month

To be safer, astronauts should go out and in
through the lower radiation regions at the Earth's poles
Inner belt: high energy electrons, low energy protons

Charged particles go through the film plates

Lines created by charged particles are studied on a numbered grid

Cosmic ray particles are absorbed by the atmosphere, protecting us
What shielding is needed to protect astronauts?

1 inch of lead to stop 90% of protons
6 inches of lead to stop 99% of protons

Alan Bean did not know beans about the Van Allen Belts

When confronted about the VAB, he hanges his story.  Which story is the lie?

Sickening Solar Flares


The biggest solar proton storm in 15 years erupted last week. NASA researchers discuss what it might have done to someone on the Moon.

January 27, 2005: NASA is returning to the Moon--not just robots, but people. In the decades ahead we can expect to see habitats, greenhouses and power stations up there. Astronauts will be out among the moondust and craters, exploring, prospecting, building.

 Note the first sentence: "NASA is returning to the Moon--not just robots, but people."
This may be an admission that NASA never put people on the Moon, just remote controlled robots.

A typical dental ionizing X-ray for a split second
exposes patients to .15 - 0.5 Roentgens per film.


Health Effect Time to Onset
(without treatment)
5-10 changes in blood chemistry  
50 nausea hours
55 fatigue  
70 vomiting  
75 hair loss 2-3 weeks
90 diarrhea  
100 hemorrhage  
400 possible death within 2 months
1,000 destruction of intestinal lining  
  internal bleeding  
  and death 1-2 weeks
2,000 damage to central nervous system  
  loss of consciousness; minutes
  and death hours to days

NASA has finally become honest with the Orion missions

If you can "read between the lines" some NASA staff are trying to the truth.

NASA Orion mission Engineer Kelly Smith admits the Van Allen Belts are dangerous


No astronauts will be aboard Orion, to measure the "extreme radiation"
"deeper into space than we have ever gone before"
"Van Allen Belts - an area of dangerous radiation"
 "We must solve these challenges before we send people through this region of space"
Wait a minute!  Didn't NASA already do that in 1969?

NASA's Van Allen Radiation Belt Storm Probes (RBSP)


Dr. Lou Lanzerotti - New Jersey Institute of Technology
Dr. Nicky Fox and Dr. Dan Smith - John Hopkins University, Applied Physics Laboratory
Why an expensive probe of the Van Allen Belts if they were really "harmless"
 to 1969-1972 Moon missions through them?

More on the new, radiation resistant Orion capsule

Radiation by Mission - according to NASA (baloney)

Dr. E. E. Kovalev
Radiation Protection During Space Flight
Institute of Biomedical Problems, USSR Ministry of Health
Moscow 123007, USSR

The problem of ensuring space flight safety arises from conditions inherent to space flights and outer space and from the existing weight limitations of spacecraft.  In estimating radiation hazard during space flights, three natural sources are considered: the Earth's radiation belt, solar radiation, and galactic radiation.


Vehicle Assembly Building Van Allen Belt
Starts Apollo Moon missions Stops it

Possible Safe Route - Through the Poles of the Earth

More photos


Dose Equivalent (milliSieverts)

This graphic compares the radiation dose equivalent for several types of experiences, including a calculation for a trip from Earth to Mars based on measurements made by the Radiation Assessment Detector instrument shielded inside NASA's Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft during the flight from Earth to Mars in 2011 and 2012. The vertical scale is logarithmic; each labeled value is 10 times greater than the next lowest one. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI

"The radiation environment in deep space is several hundred times more intense than it is on Earth, and that's even inside a shielded spacecraft, such as MSL, where we made our measurements," Zeitlin said.


Challenges of Spaceflight: Dealing with Space Radiation

Orion, America’s next-generation spacecraft, will take astronauts to destinations beyond low-Earth orbit and thus outside the protective shield of Earth’s atmosphere and magnetic field. Without the protection Earth provides, the crew and systems of Orion will be exposed to the full spectrum of space radiation. To prepare for the effects of that exposure, scientists and engineers are working now to develop methods to protect them.


Radiation on Earth

On Earth’s surface, we are protected from most of the radiation of the universe and the Sun by our atmosphere and magnetosphere.

Non-ionizing Radiation

Non-ionizing radiation refers to a less energetic – but still harmful – radiation in which particles impart energy on to the atoms and molecules with which it interacts, but does not strip off electrons. One form of non-ionizing radiation is ultraviolet, or UV, radiation, which you may be familiar with – we use sunscreen on Earth to shield ourselves from harmful UV rays.

Radiation in Space

Ionizing Radiation

There are several forms of ionizing radiation in space. Ionizing radiation deposits energy onto the atoms and molecules with which it interacts, causing electrons to be lost. The resulting ions, or charged particles, give this form of radiation its name.

One form of ionizing radiation is galactic cosmic radiation. This type of radiation is thought to come from supernovae, or exploding stars. While this radiation is low intensity, the particles associated with galactic cosmic radiation have a high level of energy and cannot be shielded with current spacecraft design technologies.

The second form is trapped radiation, which occurs when radiation becomes trapped in Earth’s magnetic field. This type of radiation is not a problem outside of Earth’s magnetic field. Finally, solar energetic particles are released by the Sun in what are called solar particle events. This type of radiation is lower in energy, and is easier to protect astronauts and electronics from with shielding materials.


Space radiation can cause radiation sickness and other health problems. These effects are classified as either acute, which have immediate impacts on humans, or chronic, which affect humans over longer periods of time.

Acute Effects

Acute effects can be felt almost immediately when a large dose of radiation is accumulated in a short amount of time. These effects can include acute radiation syndrome, which causes nausea, vomiting and fatigue.

Chronic Effects

Chronic effects are the results of an accumulated dose of radiation over longer periods of time. Chronic effects include an increased risk of cancer, for example. The onset of these diseases can happen decades after the exposure to radiation occurs.


NASA protects astronauts from radiation in several ways during space flight. One that requires no special equipment is to limit the time humans spend exposed to radiation. For example, space walks are scheduled so that they do not occur during times of intense solar activity. Also, NASA limits the amount of radiation astronauts are exposed to during their careers. Every astronaut is required to wear a dosimeter during missions to keep track of the radiation to which they have been exposed.

Spacecraft are built with materials that act as shields against radiation. Some of the best materials available are those that have a high concentration of hydrogen atoms, such as water. Most spacecraft include a place with additional radiation shielding where the astronauts can shelter in place during solar particle events.


Orion is designed for both short missions to nearby destinations and long-distance missions to Mars that will last more than three years. As the average long-duration space flights for Americans have lasted about six months and have taken place entirely within low-Earth orbit, NASA must be prepared to deal with significantly more radiation than astronauts have experienced in the past.

Orion will use the mass that is already on board to protect its crew by creating a temporary shelter in the aft bay of the spacecraft, which is the inside portion closest to the heat shield. This location minimizes the amount of equipment to move around while maximizing the amount of material that can be placed between the crew and the outside environment. The mass that will be used includes supplies, equipment and launch and re-entry seats, as well as water and food. By using the items already on board, the astronauts benefit from additional shielding without adding to Orion’s mass.

Radiation Sensors Flying on Orion’s First Mission

The Orion spacecraft will have two types of radiation sensors on board during its first mission, Exploration Test Flight-1. The first type of sensor is called a Radiation Area Monitor, or RAM. There will be several of these sensors on board to record the peak level of radiation Orion is exposed to during the flight. The second type of radiation sensor being flown is the Battery-operated Independent Radiation Detector (BIRD). The BIRD sensor will be recording radiation levels throughout the mission for comparison to the mission telemetry after the completion of the flight. This will reveal where the radiation was encountered.



Senator Ted Cruz, Chairman of the committee overseeing NASA
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Dr. Van Allen's letter to Jay Windley of Clavius, and Lambert
in which he appears to take back the results of his years of scientific research experiments

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Lunarcy: NASA's Radiation Problem

Analysis of the Van Allen Belt Radiation
D.P. Wozney

How to Protect Astronauts from Space Radiation on Mars