The Van Allen radiation belt is a zone of energetic charged particles, most of which originate from the solar wind. The particles are captured by and held around a planet by that planet’s magnetic field. It surrounds Earth, containing a nearly impenetrable barrier that prevents the fastest, most energetic electrons from reaching Earth.
I did not understand the true nature of the Van Allen radiation belts when I dove into Dave McGowan’s Moondoggie series. They are far more than something we have to pass through on our way to outer space. If that were the case, we could merely take off from the poles to bypass them. Their true structure represents something, that when fully grasped, not only imparts the understanding that we never went to the Moon, but that even today we are bound in lower Earth orbit (LEO) in our space exploration (the reason that the Space Shuttles never went beyond LEO). This understanding comes from two sources. Here’s McGowan:
“In the very same NASA post that discusses Moon rocks being constantly bombarded with absurdly high levels of radiation, another curious admission can be found: “meteoroids constantly bombard the Moon.” Our old friend from NASA, David McKay, explains that “Apollo moon rocks are peppered with tiny craters from meteoroid impacts.” NASA then explains that that “could only happen to rocks from a planet with little or no atmosphere … like the Moon.””
NASA wants to have it both ways. On one hand they tell us that astronauts were safe from radiation and meteoroid fallout while on the planet, and on the other that pock-marked rocks are proof of the lunar origin of rocks to have been carried back by Apollo missions. I thought this a huge tell, so much so that it stands by itself as perhaps the strongest evidence that no human has walked on the surface of the Moon.
But there is more. Note in the statement under the image above (taken from SpaceCenter.org in Houston, that the belts “…[prevent] the fastest, most energetic electrons from reaching Earth.” McGowan makes the point, and finally I absorbed it, that for space travel to be real, it is not only necessary to travel through the Van Allen Belts, but to survive beyond them. The Moon exists outside the belts, and is constantly exposed to radiation and pelted with meteoroids traveling fast enough to not only penetrate an astronaut’s spacesuit, but to penetrate the astronaut. Take a look at this comment from Ayokera Kimura wherein he calculates the weight energy (Joules) of a meteoroid in a range of sizes. This is of vital importance in understanding that once through the Van Allen belts, astronauts would have been exposed to particle bombardment and radiation, and would die.
I think the idea that the Van Allen Belts serve to protect us on our planet from dangerous radiation and meteoroids traveling at speeds as high as 18,000 mph, able to penetrate our bodies and bones and our Playtex outer and underwear stands as the closest thing I have seen as “proof” that regarding the Apollo program, nobody went anywhere.