WONDER #2364: What's the Most Dangerous Belt?

Question 1 of 3

This Wonder was mostly about...

  1. how radiation causes illness.
  2. James Van Allen and how he worked to get Explorer I into space.
  3. the Van Allen belts, which are two doughnuts of radiation that surround Earth.
  4. the differences between jelly doughnuts and the Van Allen belts.

Question 2 of 3

The Apollo 11 astronauts crossed the Van Allen belts to reach ___________.

  1. Mars
  2. the Moon
  3. the Sun
  4. Venus

Question 3 of 3

How do the Van Allen belts protect Earth?

  1. They keep radiation from the Sun and cosmic rays away from Earth.
  2. They stop the ISS from getting too far away from Earth.
  3. They block the harshest solar blasts from burning Earth’s atmosphere.
  4. They stop light from the Moon from reaching the Earth’s surface.

Check your answers online at https://wonderopolis.org/index.php/wonder/What’s-the-Most-Dangerous-Belt.