The Van Allen Belts Are Lethal, This Is How Astronauts Fly Through Them

The Van Allen Belts Are Lethal, This Is How Astronauts Fly Through Them

There’s an invisible, magnetic force field surrounding our planet, protecting us from harmful solar wind that could annihilate Earth. But, this protective blanket is also a swirling ring full of deadly radiation. And to leave Earth’s atmosphere, astronauts have to pass through it. The Van Allen belts are rings of energetically charged particles that have…

So You Want to go to Mars?

So You Want to go to Mars?

[MUSIC] [MUSIC] Congratulations! Your application to be among the next generation of astronauts has been accepted! You’ve proven to have the right stuff. As a member of the newest astronaut class, you’re going to take trips farther and longer than any astronaut before you. An asteroid. Maybe even Mars, which means you could be up…