NASA has released an article on a new study of the famous/infamous Van Allen Belts. https://www.nasa.gov/feature/goddard/2018/studying-the-van-allen-belts-60-years-after-america-s-first-spacecraft
I note there is no mention of the Apollo missions that reportedly travelled through the VABs during the 1969 to 1972 Apollo missions. [NASA]“We study the Van Allen radiation belts both for scientific reasons — to understand particle acceleration, which occurs through the universe — and practical reasons — because particles accelerated to high energies are a hazard to both astronauts and spacecraft,” Sibeck said. “At Earth, we can study these details and apply that knowledge both to our journey to Mars and to better protect astronauts at the Moon.”[NASA] [red added by this author]
NASA appears to be saying ‘at the Moon’ meaning from space, orbiting the Moon. Why wouldn’t they proudly say ‘on the surface of the Moon’. It may seem pedantic to some, however, the Moon landings are supposed to be humankind’s major event. So why not take every opportunity to praise that achievement. Reportably, NASA sent eight return missions through the VABs. Surely that would have been the prime time to gather as much data that would ever be needed. Sure our technology has greatly improved science the Apollo missions, but that is just the point! Why are we still waiting to return to the Moon when the technology was available in the 60s? Why are we still trying to get a safe space vehicle (Orion) when men travelled to the Moon in the equivalent of a backyard tent?
WE NEED TO RETURN TO THE MOON NOW! SO LETS DO IT. IT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE NASA. ANY PRIVATE VENTURE WELL MANAGED AND FINANCIALLY STRONG ENOUGH COULD TAKE ASTRONAUTS TO THE MOON SAFELY.
OR COULD THEY?
I volunteer to be the first man on the Moon!
I will sign a waiver to protect any company that will launch me to the Moon. I am prepared to risk my life to prove or disprove the Apollo nonsense.