|See that blank stare? That's what we all think about you|
not knowing about the moon landings.
What was that? You didn't know we went to the Moon? You haven't seen the photos? You... really? Didn't know?
I have to ask you what the hell you are doing on the internet then? Seriously! Get off the net, get the hell out of here, and go get a life. I know it sounds weird coming from me, but you have to do it. It's for your own good and for the good of the species!
ANYWAY. We landed on the moon.
There are a lot of people that say it was a hoax. That we did not have the technology and that we never did it. I want to talk about this. Honestly, these conspiracy theories bug the hell out of me. One of mankind's greatest achievements and these feeble minded nitwits belittle the men who did it and tarnish the achievement.
Let's take a look at these theories and see what they have to say.
1) The flags wave! If they are on the moon, there would be no air, and as such, the flags wouldn't wave!
Well, let's take a look at that. The flags do wave. On the Apollo 11 flight, they bent the cross bar so the flag is not held taught. The flag, being made of mass has momentum. When they placed the pole, the pole wiggled. I know, I know... You say that's a lame excuse...
Well the Mythbusters tested this. They took a flag to a lab that has a BIG vacuum chamber and put a flag inside, sucked all the air out and then wiggled the flag. Guess what? IT WAVED MORE WITHOUT AIR! Hell. Watch the video.
2) In the following picture, you can see BOTH astronauts! The one in the picture and the one reflected in his visor. The one in the visor isn't holding a camera... where's the photographer?
|See! NO CAMERA!|
|Take a good look at it.|
And boom goes the dynamite!
3) There are no stars in the sky in the photos from the moon! HA! FAKE!!!
The dust on the moon (regolith) is VERY reflective. The space suits are white. A LOT of light reflects back. As a photographer, I can tell you that in this situation you are taking exposures at 1/125th or 1/150th of a second. Do some research and you will find that to get star photos you have to take photos that are exposed for 15-30 seconds or even longer. Take a look at the following photo.
|Me. New Years Eve.|
4) In this photo, the astronaut is seen clearly even though he's in the shadow of the lander!
|See?! SEE! You can SEE him!|
|You can see detail here in the shadows.|
|I know it's not astronauts, but you can see it.|
5) The footprint of Buzz Aldrin is too clear. Loose, dry powder won't print like that! It could only have been done in something like wet sand! (photo below)
|WET SAND! On the moon! A waterless world! Bullshit!|
Wait... what was that? He's just spouting the rhetoric of the NASA supporter?
Well, the Mythbusters did this one too.
Soooo... They did it without wet sand. 'Nuff said.
6) We can't see the stuff left on the moon! With the Hubble, we should be able to see it. HA! No left-overs, no moon landing!
This is just silly. No terrestrial telescope has the resolution to spot something that small. The smallest object the Hubble can see on the moon is the size of a house. Ironically enough, we have two forms of direct, observable proof that we put stuff there.
In 1969, the Apollo 11 astronauts left a reflector on the moon. It's part of the Lunar Laser Ranging Experiment. Earthbound lasers are fired at the reflector and it bounces back. By calculating the time for the light to go and return, we measure the distance to the moon. You can do it at home with the right equipment.
Now, there is some more compelling and recent proof.
The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter has returned photos of ALL of the landing sites. (Whole article and all photos can be seen on this web page. Here is my favorite photo from it. You can see the descent module, their path and a suite of instruments.
7) What are those lights? They got studio lights in the shots!
|HA! SEE!? STUDIO LIGHTS.|
Hey... Take a good look at that photo... Now look at this one.
|Lens flares MOFO!|
The rest of them, really, the Mythbusters handled...
There are a couple other claims... but they don't deserve attention.
I will cite one thing that no one has ever been able to state is faked is the dust coming up off the wheels of the lunar rover. It comes up and back down in a perfect mathematical parabola. Do it. Showme how they faked that on earth.
"They built a building and made the whole thing a vacuum!"
Bullshit. We can't do that NOW, let alone in 1969. Even if we could... it would have been CHEAPER TO GO TO THE MOON!
Let's say they did just that. How do you account for the fact that the parabola's math doesn't match Earth gravity, but 1/6th of a g? (That's what it is on the Moon.)
What's that? Antigravity?
That's it... We went to the Moon. Deal with it. Stop spouting your wacky theories about the Moon and move on to a different topic. I mean... there's UFOs, ancient aliens, ultra dimensional beings, Monsanto's intentional destruction of humanity... pick one that we can't prove with 100% certainty!
Images in this issue (when not taken by me) SHAMELESSLY stolen from the following sources: