Musk’s Moon Trip Rescued by Jarrah White?

Morgan Reynolds

February 28 I posted an article scoffing at Elon Musk’s announced plan to send two high-paying passengers on a trip beyond the moon and back, the deadly radiation problem being the main obstacle, compounded by a series of technical problems yet unsolved.

One of the truly good guys on the issue of manned (politically incorrect term!) space travel–Jarrah White from Australia–has proposed a solution to the dilemma of protecting travelers from radiation during the proposed Space X trip.  First, use the “cones of escape” over either North or South Pole to avoid Van Allen belt radiation, and second, launch during a full moon to shield humans from solar flares for up to seven days.

The cones of escape make sense but involve either launching directly from the Arctic or else low earth orbit until positioned to accelerate out the polar “cone” toward the moon.  This would raise the degree of technical difficulty and expense enormously for a moon trip but at least it makes sense in avoiding the “fried space traveler” problem in traversing the Van Allen belt.

And the full moon ploy?  That is supposed to shield absorption of solar flare radiation during a 7-day window of opportunity offered by the full moon.  I’m no expert on the radiation science involved so view Jarrah’s video for more.

On Saturday March 11, 2017 at 2:46am, I wrote:

Hello Jarrah: Great work on radiation problem for SpaceX moon shot.

Two questions:

1. Is the Van Allen “cone of escape” stable and wide enough to safely traverse entire distance of VA belts?

2. That full moon “magneto tail” does not protect against pervasive cosmic rays and micro meteorites, does it?  Would such 5-day exposure be potentially fatal?

Thanks in advance for any help.  I want to do a short article plugging your new video and include clarification on my two questions.

Best regards,

On Saturday March 11, 2017 at 7:40pm, Jarrah wrote:

Hi Morgan

The first part of your question, if you’ve ever seen diagrams of the Van Allen belt, you’ll see that it forms two donut shaped rings surrounding the Earth. These donuts represents the regions in which solar protons and electrons have been trapped between the magnetic field lines. The volume unoccupied by radiation over the poles form the shape of cones emanating from the North and South poles, hence the name “Cones of Escape”.

Notice how the field lines spread out along the north and south magnetic poles. Obviously, there are going to be fluctuations in the magnetosphere geometry due to solar particles impacting with it, but the rule of thumb will be that there is no trapped radiation along the axis of the magnetic poles. The radiation can only be trapped where the magnetic field lines coil around the Earth as shown in the diagrams above. The idea is to launch with an outbound trajectory inclined to the geographic equatory >60°. Beyond such latitudes, the radiation fluxes become negligible and so such a trajectory would take the spacecraft through this radiation free region and over the outer edges of the belt.

And the second question, the Earth’s magnetic mostly shelters against solar flare radiation. The radiation from solar flares are mostly protons and some heavier ions with energies up to several hundreds of MeV (million electron volts). Cosmic rays are protons and ions that have been ejected into space by distant stars and even supernovae. Because they have been accelerated across that vast distance of the universe, they have energies all the way up into the GeV (billion electron volt) range. Most of the highest energy cosmic rays have enough energy to penetrate the magnetic field and are primarily attenuated by the Earth’s atmosphere.

However, cosmic ray particles are extremely rare compared to solar flare particles and are more of a concern for long duration missions. Such as a flight to Mars or an extended mission on the surface of the Moon lasting months to years. You see, it’s not just the particle energy that determines the radiation damage, you also need to know the flux or number of particles passing through a unit of area per unit of time.

In the case of a solar flare, you are getting thousands to even millions of say 10MeV protons passing through every square centimeter per second. But cosmic rays are so few and far between that you’d have to measure the fluxes in square meters per second in order to find a least one 200GeV cosmic ray for example. Getting struck by a single 200GeV proton or even a 2GeV proton probably won’t be any concern, but getting struck by a substantial amount of them would certainly lead to illness and death. That’s why particle physicists put thick walls of concrete between themselves and the particle accelerators, like the Large Hadron Collidor – they’ve got a substantial amount of protons whizzing round with energies up into the GeV or even TeV (trillion electron volt) range. You don’t want to be the way of a high flux beam of GeV protons if anything goes wrong!

Of course, the fluxes of GeV cosmic rays are minuscule compared to the GeV fluxes used in the Large Hadron Collidor, or even MeV proton fluxes of solar flares. Due to the rarity of GeV cosmic rays, you’d need to expose yourself to them for several months before you’d suffer health problems. In Earth orbit and even at the Moon, the radiation from cosmic-rays alone is about 10rad/year. Our atmosphere reduces it to 0.02rad/year.

Basically: the risk to short term missions (1-2 weeks) are the Van Allen belts and solar flares which deliver enormous doses of radiation within very short exposures; on long term missions, you are exposed to much smaller doses of cosmic radiation over several months which inevitably all adds up over time, plus the large doses from solar flares that occur during that time.

Magnetic field offers no protection from micrometeoroids. The shielding a magnetic field offers is due to electromagnetic particles interacting with the magnetic field lines and becoming either deflected or captured, The only protection from micrometeoroids would be spacecraft shielding. The ISS modules and spacesuits use kevlar protect against micrometeoroids, kind of like a bulletproof vest.

Hope that helps.

Best wishes,

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One Response to Musk’s Moon Trip Rescued by Jarrah White?

  1. Janice says:

    There is a pretty strong case that Elon Musk is not a real businessman but some kind of a propaganda asset or an intelligence agent. His biography is likely to be fake and his businesses too.
    1) He is a media darling. His every move and his every public utterance are reported as news. Look at yahoo news science section, probably one-fourth of all stories there are about Elon Musk. “Elon Musk said this…” or “Elon Musk said that…”
    2) Disguising an agent as a respectable businessman is the classic CIA trick.
    3) What better way to prop up the old Moon landing hoax than to have some guy planning a manned trip to Mars.

    The lies inflicted by American and Russian space agencies on the world are truly staggering. Every lie and hoax presented by NASA is “confirmed” by their Russian colleagues. Vladimir Putin says that the talk of the moon landing conspiracy is “total nonsense. Of course Americans went to the moon.” So much for the “cold war”; it’s a theater. Russian and American deep states are better friends now than ever. Without this pretend cold war nobody would approve the $1 trillion renovation of American nukes.

    The New Horizons Pluto fly-by is without a doubt the latest propaganda fairy tale from NASA.
    1) The transmitter broadcasting to Earth from New Horizons has a power output of only several watts (!)
    2) Pluto is a pretty dark planet far away from the sun (unlike Moon). It should be barely visible against the background of stars. Yet we are again presented with photos of Pluto with a completely black background without any stars.
    3) Some Youtubers who regularly use a home telescope say that the first blurry photos of Pluto from New Horizons that were supposedly captured from a distance of ~1 million kilometers are unbelievably bad. The specs of the New Horizons camera were published by NASA and this kind of camera should produce crystal clear photos from a distance of 100 million kilometers.
    4) I like this comment from one of the YouTubers:
    Simon Humphries 1 year ago
    >>The chances of a probe sailing for millions of kilometers through space, hurtling along @ 16 000 km per hour and not hitting a single piece of debris is almost nil. Even a small piece hitting the probe @ that speed would be fatal to the vehicle, cosmic dust would have the effect of a sand blaster and the probe itself looks to delicate to tolerate that? Space program money would be better spent on iceberg harvesting, one of the best ideas I’ve heard of to date. The ancients built pyramids to aggrandize themselves thousands of years ago, but we cannot in the 21st century “make the deserts bloom” which would be an achievable endeavour, and a worthy. If that Jewish/Christian prophecy is ever realized it will be us Goy/Ayrans who will achieve it, and I hope every Jew does take his ease under his fig tree (may they be blessed) I do not begrudge him this, we are the elohim they worship, let us prove ourselves worthy of that worship. “Work not War”

    Unfortunately, Jarrah White believes that NASA successfully traveled to Pluto.

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