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Van Allen Belts And The Doubts On Moon Landing

The Moon is one of the most romantic themes, mentioned in multiple ways throughout the history of literature and poetry. It’s the favorite thing to stare at for lovers, and even art is full of representations of this beautiful object.
Why are we so fascinated by the Moon? Probably because it’s the closest body to our Earth, the partner of our little home in the Universe.
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It’s the brightest object in the night Sky, even if it just reflects the radiation emitted by the Sun. In recent years, the moon has become a symbol of scientific progress. With the moon landing on 20th July 1969, USA established as the world leader of space exploration. The event was considered as crucial in the Cold War between Americans and Russians. Here’s the 1962 world-wide known monologue of Kennedy that stated the aim to reach this mysterious grey object orbiting around our planet: “We choose to go to the Moon! We choose to go to the Moon…We choose to go to the Moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard; because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one we intend to win, and the others, too.»
However, some skeptics don’t trust the official version of Neil Armstrong posing the first step on lunar soil with his famous words «That’s one small step for [a] man, but [a] giant leap for mankind.” They think that the moon landing is just an incredible conspiracy built by the NASA for the benefit of USA. Opinion polls taken in various locations have shown that between 6% and 20% of Americans, 25% of Britons, and 28% of Russians surveyed believe that the crewed landings were faked.
In 2015 the Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti and Terry Wirts had a very interesting interview in which the NASA astronaut affirmed “we can only fly in lower orbit, that’s the furthest we can go”. How is it possible that we reached the moon if we cannot fly in upper layers of our atmosphere? Some detailed explanations are surely needed to solve this problem, which might be connected with a strange radiation belt, named after an American space scientist working at the University of Iowa in the middle of last century, discovered in 1958.
Is the moon landing just a big hoax? How can we prove skeptics wrong? And what are these belts? What’s their name? Why are they linked with the lunar Apollo missions? If you want to know more about these questions stick with me and I’ll tell you everything in a moment.
We’ll try to dismantle the conspiracy theories later on in this video. Now, let’s focus on what Terry Wirts intended as lower orbit. What is it? It is placed between 300 km and 1000 km over our heads. It is the belt in which important structures orbit, like the International Space Station (ISS), the Hubble Telescope and other satellites. It’s not difficult to understand that if someone wants to reach the Moon he must surely exit from this lower region. And the APOLLO missions went out from this area, indeed. Therefore, if we examine the trajectories of NASA rockets we’ll notice that there is something really strange. What? They decided not to follow the shortest path to exit from the lower region, but they made a longer journey.
Why did they take this decision? Well, to explain this we need to deal with something I mentioned before: they organized their trip to the moon in order to spend the minimum time in a region named Van Allen belt.
What is it? It’s a zone filled with a great abundance of energetic charged particles, which usually come from the Sun, which constantly generates the so-called solar wind.
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