JAMES A. VAN ALLEN SIGNED CARD, "James A. Van Allen", 6 x 4, on printed card listing his accomplishments, by American space scientist and discoverer of Van Allen Radiation Belts in 1958. In fine condition.
James A. Van Allen (1914-2006) James Alfred Van Allen was an American space scientist at the University of Iowa. He was instrumental in establishing the field of magnetospheric research in space. He developed proposals for the launch of a scientific satellite as part of the research program conducted during the International Geophysical Year of 1957-1958. The idea for the IGY, in fact, emerged from a discussion in his living room in 1950. His Explorer 1 spacecraft, launched in 1958, returned important scientific data about the radiation belts circling the Earth, named the Van Allen Belts in his honor. Van Allen chaired the group of space scientists who recommended in 1958 that the US commit itself to a manned landing on the moon within ten years. Later, however, he came to feel that unmanned spacecraft could acquire more scientific information at a lower cost.