Mr. C.N. found this one, and I thought that this was such an intriguing paper for the "Apollo was hoaxed" hypothesis that I had to post it.

Apollo and the Van Allen Belts an estimate of the radiation dose received

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Joseph P. Farrell

Joseph P. Farrell has a doctorate in patristics from the University of Oxford, and pursues research in physics, alternative history and science, and "strange stuff". His book The Giza DeathStar, for which the Giza Community is named, was published in the spring of 2002, and was his first venture into "alternative history and science".


  1. Solfeggio on May 17, 2015 at 7:58 pm

    Let us quote this fair-minded scholar:

    “It is fair to say that no conspiracy theorist possesses the expertise to correctly solve the problem, for if he did, he would know better than to subscribe to the hoax theory. Absent the ability to perform a proper quantitative solution, the conspiracists are forced to look for circumstantial evidence. They can generally do little more than point out what they believe to be suspicious activity or resort to quote mining.”

    Okay, and all JFK assassination scholars are “quote miners”. The gentleman would have shed more light on the Apollo missions by waxing philosophic on “Freemasonry” than his carefully laid out radiation calculations.

    Are we really going to hold apologists for Apollo with esteem? What was that source he sited for the radioactive shielding (suits/ship/anything), a certain “Virtual Apollo?” Oh, right because we don’t have any extent blueprints, hardware, telemetry data, photograph negatives, etc, neither from NASA or any of the subcontractors. So he is inventing a virtual shielding?

    What does this guy think of the recent parallax experiment that… to some scientific minds, … proved the journeys were fraudulent? (As portrayed to give a Farrell caveat).

    But unlike Farrell, I don’t think that movie-making was showing us electro granitic craft launching the lunar module into orbit. I think it was a crane.

    And I just love the way we all still pretend we don’t really know it was fraudulent. Russia was ahead of us in space, and they did not see fit to have a tactical advantage here? No, they were just not as bad as the U.S. In their wholesale propaganda. That was a bridge too far… Literally, lol…

    Hell, even apologists for Apollo are painted in a corner, hence the new “secret space program” thesis. While there is a secret space program, all moon travel matters must considered speculation without evidence. We can’t even land a GoPro on the moon for average Americans to view Terra (not-so-firm-a) in 1080p, let alone 4K. Why do you think they keep “going to Mars” but never to our dear close Luna?

    Something is not rotten in our paradigm maybe?

    One can hold onto the latter secret space program philosophy as a potential way out to vindicate Apollo because it is still as unknown and murky as the hollow earth. Apparently one cannot “go there” with Apollo yet… And we as Americans are fools and frauds. I am embarrassed.

    Even the film Interstellar tried to tell us so many things.

    Sophistry won’t get us to the moon, but I like taIk of radiation. Maybe one day we can really have true science once the national security state is demolished. Until then… I am not going to go buy a ticket to visit the crystal palaces or entertain Hoagland tales. He is a great storyteller though.

    Can we as a community just become adults regarding our myths?

    • Patricia on May 18, 2015 at 5:53 am


  2. Float Your Thoth on May 13, 2015 at 5:32 am

    Nasa recently funded a study ($9 million) conducted at UCI that concluded the ill effects of radiation on astronauts traveling outside of the Van Allen Belts to Mars would cause permanent dementia. Contrary to that you have the claims of some observers that the breakdown in the magnetosphere and Van Allan belts will lead to a dramatic rise of the collective consciousness for the inhabitants of earth. Then you have the DARPA ELF experiments on mind control. In the science of consciousness you will witness a suspicious suppression of of the Electromagnetic theory of consciousness. Finally I have the personal testimony of a personal assistant of Leo Fender of Fender guitar fame who says Leo used to wear a headband made of electric pickups and claim that it dramatically raised his intelligence, but also it could have fried his brain a bit.

    As I juggle all this conflicting info , my guess makes me lean towards the brain is a radio of consciousness theory. Perhaps the breakdown or going outside the Van Allan belts could greatly increase consciousness or make consciousness very strange in outer space. Also , the evidence points to a least some filming of the NASA moon missions were done by Stanely Krubic in a studio on earth. But I would also venture a guess that Krubic had knowledge of what actually happened to the astronauts was as strange as he depicted in 2001. That would be reason why NASA would had to simulate more tame fictitious episodes of Apollo on earth studios.

    • jedi on May 13, 2015 at 10:08 am

      voodoo killed the radio star….

  3. Doc Skinner on May 12, 2015 at 9:56 pm

    Did the Apollo 13 follow a similar elliptical path as the other Apollo missions on their epic return leg to the Earth, or did they take a more direct tack through the VARB?

    In other words, did they have enough power and resources in the LEM for a standard circumvention of the VARB?

  4. Tim H on May 12, 2015 at 6:55 pm

    Oh boy, where to start? My head hurts after wading through that article. As far as I’m concerned, the radiation issue is only one piece of a complicated jigsaw puzzle. And I didn’t appreciate the condescending attitude of the author. If space beyond Low Earth Orbit is so safe and hunky-dory, why has no-one been out there in the last 40-odd years? Even for just a fly-by? Why have the Russians never attempted a moon landing? And what about lunar surface conditions? Temperature and cosmic ray slash radiation wise? To me these are legitimate questions. I started looking at Apollo missions with a fresh eye after Dr Joseph mentioned the neutral point discrepancy. And after I’d read Dark Moon a couple of times, I got the impression the authors had sidestepped the hoax approach, space considerations not withstanding. No pun intended. And don’t get me started on the photographic record. I don’t like to be dogmatic, but the more I learn of the Apollo missions, the more confused and suspicious I get. Even the works of authors who supposedly support the authenticity of Apollo missions have some curious comments that tend to sow the seeds of doubt. On and on I could go but I’d rather watch the crimson rosellas munch berries in the trees in my backyard.

    • Solfeggio on May 17, 2015 at 8:15 pm


  5. Robert Barricklow on May 12, 2015 at 3:26 pm

    The Establishment really don’t desire to any blemish of honesty on there radiation record of lies that go so far back that Peabody couldn’t find it, or any truth in their radiation records. Just think of the ones we know of on planet Earth. The A-Bomb testing, Fukushima, 9/11, and on & on & on.
    Why expect any truths to magically appear beyond gravity.
    Their radiation lie’s escape velocity knows no bounds.

    Get active; or get radioactive.

    • jedi on May 12, 2015 at 4:50 pm

      There scientific facts don’t require any proof just 51 percent agreement.

      Ok..so a 1000 watt home microwave oven, can toast (microwave, radiate, heat up, explode, energize, excite Atoms and Adam with Eve) organic matter in a few minutes.
      Now Imagine the wattage being put out by a star…Houston, we got a problem.
      No problem for ole planet Earth, shields up numbah 1.

  6. Aridzonan_13 on May 12, 2015 at 11:39 am

    If we’ve had inertia-less field propulsion since the 60’s. Then suitable radiation countermeasures for any space craft would not have been a big deal. The info gleaned from off world sources would have had the radiation problem fix as part of the 101 course. I do believe that the UFOs seen around our space missions are our more advanced craft that do all the real work and/or shepherd the chemical propelled horse and buggy units for propaganda purposes.

  7. marcos toledo on May 12, 2015 at 9:14 am

    Your familiar Joseph with the latest meme that humans brains will be fried by radiation on man missions to Mars. Our slave masters a desperate to prevent their property from being infected by that dreadful disease Draptomania and running away from them always the same stick.

  8. drdampier on May 12, 2015 at 7:31 am

    Don’t miss the companion article on Translunar Trajectory Analysis http://www.braeunig.us/apollo/apollo11-TLI.htm.

    These articles should be carefully studied if you want to understand the issue of radiation received during the Apollo missions.

    Notice that the lunar orbit is inclined to the geomagnetic orbit so that a moon mission doesn’t require direct passage through the Radiation Belts. The belts can be skirted both going to the Moon and on the return trip.

    • DanaThomas on May 18, 2015 at 12:20 am

      According to this article, it took about 10 minutes to traverse the most radioactive area on a trajectory plotted to avoid the very high levels.

  9. bdw000 on May 12, 2015 at 6:07 am

    I would love to see JPF write a book on this topic, looking at both sides of the argument, analyzing all the arguments of the Hoax theorists.

    Don’t know about anyone else, but I’d buy it.

    • mpaff on May 12, 2015 at 1:42 pm

      I would definitely buy that book!

  10. Reno on May 12, 2015 at 5:30 am

    Didn’t Hoagland write that the Hoax theory originated within NASA via a handout circulated at the space command center during the time of the mission? Then there is the “Kubrick filmed it” theory and the dude who claims that Kubrick embedded clues in The Shining and of course a causal factor in his death. Since many incidents are claimed to be hoaxed now I’ve always wondered why there hasn’t been a “Kennedy assassnination hoax theory”.

    • Joseph P. Farrell on May 12, 2015 at 4:26 pm

      Yes Mr. Hoagland and Mike Bara wrote about this in their book Dark Mission

    • TRM on May 12, 2015 at 5:34 pm

      Yes in Dark Mission. He commented that the VP of JPL was showing a fellow around and this fellow was telling people that it was all being done on a sound stage in Nevada (if memory serves me).

      He thought it was cover in case they ever had to admit what they found there they could just say “We admit it. It was all a hoax” while keeping the crown jewels of what they found for themselves.

      Interesting angle that one.

      • Solfeggio on May 17, 2015 at 8:27 pm

        Joseph won’t go there. Maybe it’s a tacit understanding one has to have with the official world. Some line people cannot cross as gentlemen. I don’t imagine Joseph would take on the holocaust or other topics either. And Joseph’s take on 911 still leaves me scratching my head.

        I am still curious what that “third awful truth” is…

        It is something he cannot share with us, which makes me reason it is not his secret to share, or disclosing the third truth would have damaging consequences for him or others.

        Some things are better said in private, I suppose. After all, Joseph is an author and a scholar and has to abide by certain social contracts. I am sure some things one can only know through self-discovery, but explicit truths, as he described it, would be disclosed to a truth-friendly membership unless it has certain sensitive overtones.

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