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NASA's lunar orbiter has returned its first pictures of the Apollo moon landing sites. The images — showing the missions' lunar module descent stages accented by their shadows from a low sun angle — may at least prove to die-hard conspiracy theorists that NASA went to considerable lengths to relocate its secret movie studio in …

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  1. Brian Miller

    They'll say its all done with Photoshop

    The only way to convince the conspiracy nuts that its all real is to blast *them* to the moon, and then chuck them out without a spacesuit. After all, anybody could produce these images with Photoshop...

  2. Jon Thompson 2

    Here we go...

    Cue dozens of weak jokes about how they're all faked.

  3. Wyrmhole
    Heart

    For all we know...

    ...it could be an OS X trash can. Hard to tell at that resolution.

  4. OG
    Thumb Down

    There is no moon

    But seriously, these pics are supposed to be proof of what? I've seen more convincing pictures of tellytubbies on the moons surface. than this pile of crap.

  5. Gary F
    Black Helicopters

    NASA did wipe the original moon landing tapes

    Doesn't anyone else think it's more than odd that NASA erased the original hi-resolution moon landing tapes? The only recording that remains is the familiar grainy footage that was recorded on Earth from the live TV feed.

    If the original footage still existed (or maybe it does!) then conspiracy theorists could examine everything in great detail in the hope of finding evidence that the landing was staged. e.g. wires, reflections of studio equipment, dust behaving incorrectly, etc.

    It just seems too convenient for NASA to have wiped over the hi-res film recording. Even though they had a policy to wipe recordings so tapes can be re-used, you wouldn't tape over the only hi-res colour recording of the most significant scientific event in human history! No way!

    I wouldn't dream of taping over my wedding video, not even if I could reclaim £1000 for the tape. This does not make sense. I cry foul! NASA said they don't appologise for wiping the tape because it was their policy at the time to do so. Yeah, right. Major cockup or something fishy went on.

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  7. David 45

    Better resolution needed

    Would have thought they could have done better than that, judging by the excellent high res. satellite earth images we see these days, reading number plates from gawd knows how many thousand miles away, or even pics. from earth-based telescopes.

  8. SuperTim

    @gary f.....Yeahhh!

    The aussies had em , the signals were originally received at banrock station (or summat like that) and then broadcast live, with some spod in mission control filming the tv they were being played on. The tapes have now been remastered and will produce images that the theorists will STILL say are fake....muppets!

  9. Anonymous Coward
    Black Helicopters

    That looks shooped....

    I can tell by the Pixels, and having seen a few in my time.

    Besides, speaking of everyone's favorite shooping Software, Don't Adobe also offer "Premiere" (To "shoop", not Still Pictures, but Video Footage?

    Then again I suppose there's Final Cut Pro, for the Macinites or the AVID system, for the "Hard Core Professional"

    It'll be a hell of an easier time of airbrushing those strings out, once they ~Digitally Remaster~ it!!

  10. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Hmmmm...

    @Conspiracy theorists

    My wife recorded over our wedding video. Does that mean she was trying to hide something?

  11. Graham Marsden
    Coat

    So...

    ... where did Wallace and Grommit land...?

  12. Richard 12 Silver badge

    @Gary F

    The reason the Apollo 11 pictures are so poor quality is because the astronauts accidentally broke the good camera. Nothing to do with wiping tapes or anything.

    (For reference, don't point sensitive cameras at the sun. It's bad for them.)

    Also, at the time they thought they were going to be running back'n'forth pretty often, and apart from when Apollo 13 went titsup the media weren't all that interested in the later missions.

    If you'd like some proof that we really did land on the moon, borrow a big telescope and have a look yourself. The location of each Apollo descent stage is well known and you can see most of them with a good telescope at the right time of the month.

  13. Joey

    Missing tapes...

    The contents of the 'missing tapes' are on the NASA home page

    http://www.nasa.gov/home/index.html#

    but that is centainly not my idea of 'high resolution'. Why are shots of moon walks and flying saucers always blurred?

  14. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    I've seen that before...

    ...it's a close up of the head on a pint of Guinness.

    And to confirm what AC posted about the "missing" tapes:

    http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/06/29/moon_landing_tapes/

  15. g e

    The Aussies

    They sure do done got dem tapes, pardner

    apparently

    Cos it was all filmed in the outback :oD

  16. BoldMan
    Big Brother

    Tape wiping

    Why should the BBC wipe or destroy thousands of hours of TV programming of the highest quality in the 60s and 70s? OMG the government doesn't want us watching old episodes of Dr Who!!!

    Or would the more accurate conclusion be idiot management? Unable to see a future for its back catalogue as home videos hasn't been invented so no obvious way to make money from a catalogue that was expensive to maintain...

    Just because something stupid is done, doesn't mean there is a conspiracy behind it.

  17. Winkypop Silver badge
    Alien

    Moon landing deniers..

    ..suck it down, hard!

    Although the lunatic-fringe (pun intended) will always bleat on about it being a fake.

  18. Mike Flugennock
    Pint

    The Apollo 14 site shot

    The interesting thing here is that the trail worn between the LM and the experiment package deployment isn't just from the crewmens' boots -- that alone probably wouldn't have shown up -- but also from the wheels of a small hand-towed tool cart which contained all their necessary long-handled rock and soil-sampling tools, along with Alan Shepard's golf bag. (;^>

    I, for one, can't wait to see the higher-res images of the sites where the LRV ("moon jeep") was used. On Apollos 15, 16 and 17 -- especially 17 -- the crews were on the surface long enough to revisit several sites repeatedly, thus wearing down discernible paths and trails between "stations" on their traverse.

    A pint raised to the LRO team -- because even though it's 8am here on the East Coast, it's still 5pm somewhere.

  19. DZ-Jay

    @Gary F

    "Never attribute to malice that which can adequately be explained by stupidity." Or, in this case, incompetence.

    You have to put everything in proper context. NASA did not erase the Apollo 11 landing tapes, at least not knowingly. It wasn't like someone, when asked for a blank tape, went to the special Apollo 11 vault, picked up the one labeled "Apollo 11 Moon Landing - 07/20/1969 DO NOT ERASE, EVAH!!!" and wiped it clean.

    Keep in mind that at that time there were no personal computers; no electronic record keeping; no SAN back-up storage. Inventories were kept by hand, and tapes were manually labeled and stacked on piles in large rooms somewhere. All done by a sprawling government bureaucratic machine. And you know what? Mistakes happened; quite oftenly, too.

    It stands to reason that the tapes were originally mislabeled or misplaced--or both--and then recycled inadvertently. It's also not as if these were the only important tapes missing. These are the ones making the headlines today because the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission shines the spotlight on them; but I'm sure the are plenty other tapes and artifacts that have gone inconspicuously missing over the years.

    -dZ.

  20. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Conspiracy?

    Has anyone ever met a real conspiracy nut? I never have. I think they are made up by Nasa to create more publicity. After all, anyone can make sceptical comments.

  21. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    @Gary F

    They found the originals in a vault in Australia recently. El Reg even has a story about it.

    Also, many people don't check- they'll just wipe over anything. The world very nearly lost the first Dr Who story, the first Dalek stories, etc because the BBC were wiping stuff from their archive. Not exactly the same scale, but you'd have thought they'd take better care of one of their most famous shows!

    Plus NASA went back to the moon on subsequent missions- so there would be more tapes to show it's not faked- and the number of people who cried "FAKE" back in the 1960s was pretty low. Plus by 2009 we were supposed to be living ON the moon.

    Finally, the world had a load of other recordings of the Moon Landing. So if the tape was just labelled "Moon Landing 20/07/69" then the person doing the throwing out could have thought "well, there are tonnes of these kicking about" and chucked it.

  22. Piers

    @Gary F as well and A/C...

    Yes - story here:

    http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/06/29/moon_landing_tapes/

  23. Simon Williams
    FAIL

    For lack of a Dymo labeller

    According to an America Institute of Physics story at http://www.aip.org/isns/reports/2009/090717_apollo2.html, the camera signals were compressed at the Honeysuckle Creek tracking facility near Canberra, Australia and bounced a couple of times via satellite to the US for TV broadcast. Tapes (45 reels) made of these signals in Canberra were sent for archival to the National Records Center and the tapes were reused some while later - not much of a records centre, if the tapes get wiped. It all smacks of incredibly short-term thinking, shoddy security and pathetic logistics. I'm far more attracted to the 'buffoon-level-stupidity' theory than conspiracy. Didn't anybody think to label the recordings 'First Moon Landing - Historic Event - High Quality Recording - DO NOT ERASE!'

  24. E_Nigma
    Joke

    The Real Truth

    I'm offended by this poorly made fake landing site photos. Thanks to the advent of modern technology and Google Maps, we can now all see where they actually flew those crews, it was just a short trip across the ocean to the Sahara desert and back as this photo easily proves:

    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v302/IvanV/moonlandingsite.jpg

  25. Robert Heffernan
    Black Helicopters

    Proof.. BAH!!

    No matter what proof you put on the table, a conspiracy nut will ALWAYS reject it as fabricated.

    The facts stand as I see them, We Went, and I honestly think that ALL conspiracy theorists need to form a nice orderly queue and stand in line quietly for their turn with some personal 1-on-1 time with Buzz Aldrin.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZOo6aHSY8hU

  26. Alan W. Rateliff, II
    Paris Hilton

    Paranoids without faith in humanity

    It amuses me that there are so many skeptics out there who have a firm belief that the United Stated Government has the means, motive, and opportunity to fake moon landings. It tells me that these people have little faith in the Human spirit. Many of them do not believe in intangibles like God, so I suppose that part does not surprise me much. The solution, then, would be to take them to the moon and show them, hands-on, but of course that whole thing could be faked as well by the God-less anti-Semites at Disney. (No, wait, the Jews run America, so why would Disney help? I am soooo confused.) True Believers cannot be swayed by hard evidence, because they alone hold the key to unlocking all of the world's secrets and exposing those who would commit the worst possible actions against man-kind.

    At least that is what the chip in my brain, activated by compounds placed in my drinking water and ignored by MRIs, tells me to believe.

    I think it would be equally amusing for someone within NASA to meet with one of these cheese-dog brained Muppets and tell them they have been right the entire time. It would be easy: just regurgitate the exact "evidence" the skeptic has already produced, in its circumstantial entirety, and they will lap it up like lab rats and probably need a towel and a cigarette after the meeting.

    And in the end it will not change anything. That is the beauty of fact and the truth: truth is whatever you want to believe, but fact remains the same whether you believe it or not.

    Paris, partying with Ripley.

  27. Anonymous Coward
    WTF?

    Oh FFS

    How many more times do we have to have this drivel put before us? So there's a moon landing vehicle on the surface of the moon. By golly, that proves indisputedly that man must have taken it there then. Case proved m'lud? I think not - as Spirit and Opportunity have proved to us, you don't need a bloke to put hardware on a remote satellite object.

    Futhermore, don't waste time with the fake shots that Nasa is holding up. See the real moon shots here: http://www.freewebs.com/1969clangers/home.htm

  28. Ashley Stevens

    Photoshop

    Nice photoshop! Now where's my tin hat?

  29. Frostbite
    Thumb Up

    Tapes Found

    Yes the hi-res tapes have been found in an archive in Australia (where one of the receiving stations were based).

    I'm sure they are being released for public viewing soon to help promote the Apollo 12 anniversary in the coming days.

  30. Ian McNee
    Thumb Up

    I *DO* give a flying f*ck...

    Cynical old anti-imperialist peacenik git that I am, I can't help being awed by these low-res images of the Apollo landing sites.

    Even though it was a waste of money, people-years and resources first time around (and will be an even more scandalous waste if they go again when we face far more pressing problems now) the little kid in me who remembers watching this open-mouthed on a b&w telly when it happened comes to the surface. I can't help acknowledging that it was still an amazing thing to do.

    Don't you just hate having mixed emotions about all things US? So much easier when you can shout with every fibre of your being: "YANKEES GO HOME!" :-)

  31. Steve Brooks

    Fake, oh yes, file sharing forever!

    "Doesn't anyone else think it's more than odd that NASA erased the original hi-resolution moon landing tapes?" Actually no, this is the reason why file sharing is essential to our society, because the idiots in charge don't have the sense to keep their data safe. If file sharing existed back then there would be milions of hi-def copies all over the world, so it's our duty to posterity to keep as many terrabytes of shared files on our hard drives as possible! And yes they are fake, they're wooden mockup NASA put there to convince anyone taking pictures that we actually went to the moon.....wait, um, well it sounded sensible when that conspiracy nut told me all about it!

  32. Flybert
    Alien

    we DID go to the moon

    I'm a human-thetan hybrid and my uncle Zax made a REALLY high resolution *video* of the Apollo 14 mission ( holographic hex digital cube ) using his fly-sized anti-gravity drone launched from the non-earth facing side of the moon while on vacation in early 1971

  33. Ralphe Neill
    Thumb Up

    AWESOME!

    The conspiracy theorists can say what they will ... these are amazing pix.

    Imagine having been on the Apollo 14 mission and being able to look at a photo taken from space of the "footpath" YOU made!!

  34. Jan 7
    Pint

    cool.

    just plain fucking cool. Space flight rocks.

    Cheers!

  35. Flugal
    Thumb Up

    Great

    Excellent to see these photos, especially Apollo 14 showing the footpath made by Alan Shepard and Edgar Mitchell. Look forward to seeing the higher resolution photos later on.

    The conspiracy theorists don't understand, or choose not to understand, the evidence for Apollo, or their own "evidence" against it.

  36. Geoff Johnson
    Coat

    They proved it wasn't filmed in Nevada

    Surely it was in Australia. That's where the tapes showed up.

  37. Anonymous Coward
    Paris Hilton

    re: Doesn't anyone else think

    >> it's more than odd that NASA erased the original hi-resolution moon landing tapes?

    Short sighted actions for saving peanuts (which usually cost more than they save) are typical of most bureaucracies the world over - so why would it suprise you NASA is any different

  38. Anonymous Coward
    WTF?

    2 days?!

    2 days they've had to "insert" those Apollo left overs... Jeeez...

    Even I'm quicker with photoshop than that!

  39. Anonymous John

    @ @Gary F

    It was Al Bean on Apollo 12 who wrote off the TV camera by pointing it at the sun.

  40. NoOnions
    Alien

    GPS, smart bombs, the ISS, the internet...

    ...mobile phones, XBox, digital cameras, submarines, Concorde, brain surgery, Jordan's Bulgarian airbags...

    ...yet the Moon landings were faked?

  41. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    To badly misquote Futurama

    Hah, I knew it, regular theories 1, insane theories 0.

    To all those conspiracy theorists - the original tapes were wiped due to a cock up. People are idiots, even, sometimes, the most clever people in the world can have moments of idiocy.

    I generally find that if a cock up is even an option rather than a conspiracy, it's cock up every time.

  42. Don Mitchell

    Hoaxers

    Normal people always wonder how anyone can believe wildly improbably conspiracy theories -- Apollo hoaxers, 9/11 truthers, Obama birthers, young earth creationists, holocaust deniers, etc.

    The Apollo hoaxers will say the astronauts would be killed by the radiation belts. You show them the elliptical trajector, that took the Apollo astronauts around the belts and they go "oh". And then the next day they tell someone else that the radiation belts would kill the astronauts. There seems to be some kind of misconnection in their brains.

    Conspiracy theories and pseudo science give a certain type of person a feeling of superiority. They think they are special, have a deeper insight than ordinary people. It lets them think they are better than accomplished rocket scientists and brave astronauts, even though they have probably failed at achieving anything like that in their life.

  43. Alan W. Rateliff, II
    Paris Hilton

    @Saggar

    I dated one. Fun, but a complete loon.

    Paris, fun, but also a complete loon.

  44. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    if your going to do something, do it right.

    IF those NASA orbiter Boffins were so cleave,r how come they didnt put a simple highest res camera today and related imaging kit on a simple wire and and remotely lower it down well below the 500 meter orbit to get far better pictures PSI , theres no drag after all!

    it comes to something when the most useful thing they ever left on the mood so far was that simple tiny mirror that the almost forgotten earth guy peddles up a high mountain road every day and fires his lazer beam at it to prove the moons moving away from the Earth....

    hell if your only 1640 foot or less away then not drop a basic mini remote bot somewere there and do something constructive , im sure the japanese will make a clever robot that does something useful there before these US boffins do....

  45. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    who was that guy...

    "the camera signals were compressed at the Honeysuckle Creek tracking facility near Canberra, Australia and bounced a couple of times via satellite to the US for TV broadcast. Tapes (45 reels) made of these signals in Canberra were sent for archival to the National Records Center and the tapes were reused some while later - not much of a records centre, if the tapes get wiped. It all smacks of incredibly short-term thinking, shoddy security and pathetic logistics."

    that same bloke went on to work at the BBC on the Drwho archives section i beleave ....

  46. Boris the Cockroach Silver badge
    Alien

    awww

    All those conspiracy nuts will have to find something else thats a conspiracy

    In fact the biggest hint that NASA really did land on the moon came from the russians who would have kicked up a stink if they'd detected anything funny going on... and one of their lunar rovers visited an apollo site

    Still, when you are as paranoid as a 'moon landing was faked' nutcase, any evidence is fake even if he is standing on the moon next to the decent stage

    Aliens... because thats what the government really gets upto in Area 51

  47. RW

    Libraries and archives

    Highly Important Senior Executives don't think these are important and will fire trained librarians and archivists at the drop of a hat. "Oh, I'll have my secretary look after that." Forty years later...

    There are interesting counter examples. One of the Canadian railroads was in a dispute with an Indian band along the Fraser River over the question whether the line that ran through the reserve (and cut it in half) was freehold property of the railroad or merely a right of way.

    The railroad turned out to have all the original documents from over a century ago and, as it happened, won their case. Clearly the railroad's corporate culture included "whatever you do, don't throw away the titles and deeds to the land we own."

  48. John Aislabie

    aislabie

    Despite the annotation the Apollo 14 picture almost certainly shows the handcart not the ALSEP instruments (as one poster here suggests).

    Also there is potential for muddle in the camera damage story. Apollo 11 did not have a damaged camera and the download from that was supposedly a better quality than could be put out for (and secondarily recorded by) the TV networks. It was Apollo 12 ,which landed near Surveyor 3, where they accidentally burnt out the camera by pointing it at the sun

  49. Steve Roper
    Alien

    Won't convice the conspiracy nuts

    I have met a few conspiracy nuts in my time, and one thing I've learned about them is that there's no convincing them. For example, the Flat-earthers hold that the reason you see the horizon being curved from a high-flying airliner is because the airlines are in a conspiracy to drug their passengers so they hallucinate a curved horizon! Or that the curved glass of the aircraft windows bowing out under pressure at high altitude makes the horizon look curved! I've even heard one of them say the the windows in airliners are actually high-quality computer screens that project real-time CG to make the horizon look curved...

    So even if you flew these guys to the moon PERSONALLY, they'd just say that you'd drugged them to hallucinate that they were on the moon, or that you'd drugged them unconscious and let them wake up in a movie set. And even if you let them bring their own food and water to preclude that possibility, they'd say you put the drugs into the air they breathed. And if you let them have an oxygen mask, they'd say you found some secret UFO-tech way to spike their air supply. Or they'd say that the windows of the spacecraft and the faceplates of the spacesuits were really computer screens and you were just showing them pretty graphics. You can't win, and I've long since given up bothering to try!

    (Of course, you could let them take their spacesuits off outside the LM and let them find out for themselves... Darwin would certainly approve!)

  50. Bilby
    Black Helicopters

    Conspiracy Theories

    http://xkcd.com/258/

    Says it all really...

  51. Anonymous Coward
    Pirate

    @Wedding Video Man #2

    YEs, maybe she was hiding something....

    remember uncle "tony" and those strange phone calls around midnight, her sick sister she had to go and visit and whom you never met? (not even at your wedding)

    /.... i'll get my coat, its the one that looks like Raymond Chandlers...

  52. Anonymous Coward
    FAIL

    Ask the conspiracy nuts...

    ...to explain how the mirrors (which we use to measure the moon's distance with lasers) got up there:

    http://science.nasa.gov/headlines/y2004/21jul_llr.htm

  53. Joe Cooper

    @Don Mitchell

    "You show them the elliptical trajector, that took the Apollo astronauts around the belts and they go "oh". And then the next day they tell someone else that the radiation belts would kill the astronauts."

    I've observed this! They often open with the black skies, then when you explain it to them, they go 'oh' and concede as if its the first time anyone's ever explained it to them, and the next day they'll go repeat it.

    I think they're just hoping whoever they're talking to at the moment doesn't know the answer.

    They're being disingenuous to be deceptive.

  54. Joe Cooper

    @Anonymous Coward

    "IF those NASA orbiter Boffins were so cleave,r how come they didnt put a simple highest res camera today and related imaging kit on a simple wire and and remotely lower it down well below the 500 meter orbit to get far better pictures PSI , theres no drag after all!"

    I can't tell if you're joking or what but I'll assume no.

    Firstoff, you're basically suggesting going lower.

    In fact, they're doing that. They're still moving the sat into its target orbit, after which they'll be able to take better pictures.

    As for the wire, the problem with this is gravity gradients.

    The short of it is that if you're travelling at altitude X, and a different entity is at altitude Y, and they start together at the same speed, they'll go in different directions. They'll want to orbit in different periods too.

    They basically won't want to stay together.

    If these entities are _attached to each other_, this will cause a spin.

    This effect is responsible for tides and can actually _break up_ some objects! See: Comet Shoemaker Levy 9. Jupiter's gravity tore it into over 20 pieces.

    This is used intentionally sometimes: A sat with a very very long pole and a weight on it and use these gravity gradients or hold its orientation for free.

    This is called gravity gradient stablization.

    It sounds weird, but its just a consequence of the fact that gravity gets weaker as you move away, combined with the nature of orbits.

    I glossed over a lot, but now that you know the term you can go look it up if you want to know in depth.

  55. TeeCee Gold badge
    Unhappy

    @Joe Cooper

    Thank for that.

    What I was going to say on that subject was that it was a classic example of where the conspiracy berks get their feet under the table. Unfortunately, for every tinfoil hatted, paranoid little arsewipe who's prepared to perform mental gymnastics in pseudo-scientific lala land to come up with the theories, there are umpteen hundred thousand perfectly ordinary joes who lack the basic scientific knowledge necessary to treat them with the contempt they deserve.

    Let's face it. To most: "oh noes, big guvmint is eevill and is tried to fule youse" makes more sense as a compelling argument than a careful analysis based on scientific fact.

    No doubt the OP will now get google scraped and will, through no fault of his own, be responsible for the " no camera on a string" proof of this year's NASA coverup.

  56. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    first tracks

    The guy who made the 'footpath' must be a real pain in the a$$ as a skier - you'd be sitting on the charilift looking at the tracks you've just made in the powder and he'd be going 'that's nothing, check this out.'

  57. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Not Photoshopped.

    It's clearly a poppadom lit from one side and rendered in monochrome. No airbrushing necessary.

  58. david 64
    Go

    I for one...

    ... think it's awesome. cool as f***. well done the human race. onto the next rock now eh.

  59. Yorkshirepudding
    Black Helicopters

    no sign of.....

    ..... any tall black rectangular objects yet? oh hang on it was buried, bleh!

  60. KEITH BUTLER
    Thumb Up

    minion II

    Wait a minute, those shadows are all going in different directions!

  61. Mark Wills
    Joke

    Meanwhile

    A NASA spokesman confirmed there was no truth in the rumour that the lunar landing module is covered in 52,145 parking tickets and final-demands for payment.

    A report that the LEM has been clamped is under investigation, however, and our spokesman would not be drawn 'into speculation' until further investigations have been undertaken.

  62. Dark Ian
    Pirate

    The conspiracy chumps make me smile

    I bet they watch Eastenders too, and get angry and emotional about the story line. Why is it that these people need to try and make their lives that much more exciting by wanting to believe in this conspiracy bs? The plain truth is usually just that: plain.

    And besides, this isn't about NASA trying to 'prove' anything, it's merely what they've obtained from their mapping photography. As if NASA care that a bunch of crackpots think they faked it.

  63. Sillyfellow
    Coat

    big PR

    my my, what a big pr camapign this is turning out to be.. better than a movie.. hehe.

    i still don't believe nasa, but so what if they did or didn't go to the moon back then. the 'authorities' have lied to us about much bigger things than that, like...

    extraterrestrial contact and technology. free energy. hollow earth.

    these things are much closer to home than the moon i think.

  64. Ed Blackshaw Silver badge

    To all those who find it odd the tapes were wiped...

    To quote Robert Heinlein, "Never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity".

  65. Ed Blackshaw Silver badge

    @Dark Ian

    NASA may not care, but Buzz does. With his fists...

  66. Stevie Silver badge

    Bah!

    As if the Moon would really have all those arrows painted on it. Obvious fake. QE2.

  67. Blue eyed boy
    Boffin

    All it proves is...

    ... that six spacecraft of late 60's / early 70's vintage made soft landings on the moon. They weren't the first to do so - the technology was well established with the previous Surveyor programme. The real first was that the Apollo spacecraft returned to earth with samples of rock - but the conspiracists (even if they accept that the spacecraft, at least, did reach the moon and return) could say that those samples were obtained by remote-controlled mechanical diggers.

    Showing the discarded stages that are left on the moon does not prove - or disprove - that the spacecraf were _manned._

  68. Darren Barratt
    Grenade

    Conspiraloons aren't suseptible to mere facts

    Actual facts don't make any impact on the true conspiraloon. To do it properly you need a well developed victim complex plus not enough brain to diffeneciate science from bullshit.

  69. asiaseen
    Pint

    Even the Chinese

    are in on the conspiracy theory. In the last couple of days China Central TV have been running the "filmed in Nevada" story on domestic news programmes concentrating on the flag won't wave that way based on basing their evidence on their one experience of a space walk.

    Mine's a Maotai

  70. David 141

    Look at all those craters

    How long before Eagle is just a a crater and dust?

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