Van Allen Belts

Nature's "Vastu Fence" around the Earth

Main Points SCI Points
The Van Allen Belts protect the Earth from radiation coming from space by absorbing inauspicious high energy particles A Vastu fence protects the building by counteracting inauspicious negative influences
The VAB are dangerous to pass through It is painful to try to walk through the fence without protection
Shielding such as lead, or even water, for protection is necessary for astronauts to safely pass through.  NASA's new Orion capsule has this. Shielding and cushioning would be necessary to safely run through the fence
Cannot be seen with naked eye, yet with great influence Visible, yet with more influence than meets the eye
Completely surrounds the Earth Completely surrounds the property
Radiation at the north and south poles is less, providing 2 entrances An eastern gate is advised for best entrance
A radiation belt is a layer of energetic charged particles that is held in place around a magnetized planet, such as the Earth, by the planet's magnetic field. The Earth has two such belts and sometimes others may be temporarily created. The main belts extend from an altitude of about 1,000 to 60,000 kilometers above the surface of the Earth.
Vastu Fence Since a Maharishi Vastu building is designed to be in harmony with the universe the influence from the building naturally extends into the landscape, providing greater protection and coherence beyond the front door. A Vastu fence or wall marks the extension of this influence. Its proportions and measurements are set according to the ancient formulas in the Vedic literature.

   Proposal to Dr. John Hagelin to include discussion of Van Allen Belts
in the next version of the Physics 110 class book

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, graduate of Iowa Wesleyan University, 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
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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. 

NASA's new Orion capsule with thick and heavy radiation shielding

NASA Orion mission Engineer Kelly Smith (Iowa State University) 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?

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