Wernher von Braun on the Van Allen belts (Video)
In 1958 Von Braun was interviewed in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
Over 300 of the most important space and space flight experts, from east and west, participated in the space conference in Amsterdam on the 25th of February, 1958. Wernher von Braun was also present and at one point he was interviewed by a German journalist. He was asked about the newly discovered (on January 31st, 1958) radiation belts and the potential danger for human space flight.
Dr James Van Allen made his discovery public on the 31st of January, 1958. Wernher von Braun was interviewed in Amsterdam on the 25th of February, just a few weeks after Van Allen's announcement. Wernher von Braun seems uncomfortable with the question and even though the interview is in his mother tongue he picks his words very carefully. He states that human space flight could not go above an altitude of 400 km, well below the Van Allen radiation belts.
It seems that Werner von Braun was caught off guard with this question and, having no answer prepared, ends up telling the truth about what was discovered by Van Allen. Even today we cannot go beyond the limits that von Braun laid out in 1958. The International Space Station (ISS) has an orbit of between 330 and 435 km. It seems more and more likely that the Apollo moon landings were faked.
The video is in German and subtitled in English by AwE130.