Tonight, the Discovery Channel aired this show called “Conspiracy Theories,” which argued that the moon landings in the 1960’s were fake. Previously, I was vaguely aware of this controversy, but ignored it because there’s no way to blame Clinton for it ;).
First of all, please be aware that I AM an educated man. I know why there are no stars in any of the pictures, for example. And some of the inconsistencies could be explained by editing mistakes, such as the one where the same hillside was said to be two different places. But there are some things that I couldn’t explain that easily, so I’ll turn to my faithful Doper pals. BTW, I only caught the last half of the show, so people who saw the whole thing can raise other questions if they want.
How powerfull are the Van Allen Radiation Belts? Is it true that no manned missions except the Apollo missions have ever penetrated the Van Allen Belts? The show made it sound like this should have fried the astronauts to a crisp.
Did anyone else see the segment about the crosshairs on the pictures? All of the pictures from the moon’s surface have a pair of little +'s etched into them for reference. However, the tv show displayed several pictures where the astronauts or their equipment were clearly covering up part of a crosshair. What’s the deal with that? Have these pictures been manipulated?
There was a quick snippet of film at the very end that showed a flag flapping in a breeze on the moon’s surface. It was not a still photo of one of the famous pre-wrinkled metal flags, but a video clip of a cloth flag actually fluttering from a breeze. I assume that this was discussed earlier in the show. Does it have an innocuous explanation?
If we turned the Hubbel telescope towards the Moon, would it have enough resolution to be able to see if the lunar rovers and other junk are actually up there?