Ever heard someone answering a question, that sounded like they were answering the question, but not really? I didn't mean for this blog to become a "Moon Hoax" site, but I just can't help it.
Here's a nifty little website from our friends at NASA, called "Ask an Astrophysicist", tackling all the tough issues regarding space. Someone came along and had the audacity to ask how astronauts could survive the radiation of the Van Allen Belts (like we didn't already solve that problem back in the '60s).
The Question (Submitted June 30, 1997)
NASA's Imagine The Universe | Archive
Yeah, I agree that shielding is necessary, but this answer doesn't tell us anything about the shielding. I'm willing to bet the person asking the question also had an idea that some form of shielding was supposedly used in space flight.
I'm also wondering why the author of this article didn't consult Ms. Whitlock when she answered this question? I'm just sayin', they could have saved themselves a lot of time. The shielding problem has been solved! It's always been that magical Mylar.
(Oops, it looks like that article may no longer exist. Fortunately I saved a copy.)
Oh, I just thought of another question. I wonder what part of the International Space Station is made of Mylar?
Just your average, self-abused futile worker.