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Moon Hoax Debate
Events: Apollo Moon Landings
Created 12/13/2001 - Updated 8/2/2005

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Gravity of Moon Doesn't Fit Neutral Point

In 1960, before the Apollo missions, Encyclopedia Britannica reported the neutral point to be 20,520 miles from the Moon. A Moon with 1/6 Earth's gravity should have a Neutral Point between 22,078 - 25,193 miles from the Moons surface. Yet after the Apollo missions, Time magazine July 25, 1969 said "At a point of 43,495 miles from the moon, lunar gravity exerted a force equal to the gravity of the Earth, then some 200,000 miles distant" In 1973 Encyclopedia Britannica, gave a new neutral point distance of 39,000 miles. The problem with all of this is, a neutral point of 43,495 miles would make the moon with not 1/6th (16%) the Earth's gravity, but 64%. A moon with 64% of Earth's gravity would require way more fuel and power than was supposedly available in the Apollo missions.

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Lens and filter changes impossible

CLAIM: Voice and TV recordings show Houston asking astronauts to fit a polarizing filter during an EVA while on the lunar surface, but the gloves worn were made so they could not grip anything smaller than about an inch. The gloves gave little fingertip feeling due to pressurization. A spokesperson for NASA confirmed this and stated that the astronauts would return to the lunar capsule to change film magazines or lenses, but there was no pressure in the LM so the astronauts could not have removed their gloves without first re-pressurising the cabin.

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Lunar TV camera temperature sensitive

CLAIM: The Apollo Lunar TV Camera Operations Manual stated that the camera should never be allowed to reach a temperature colder than minus 30F or hotter than plus 120F but the surface temperature was between 180 to 250F.

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Contrast on photos wrong

CLAIM: In the vacuum on the moon, there should be very high contrast. Things would be either black or light, yet areas in shadows on the moon have been filled in with light. NASA spokesperson Jan Lundberg stated that the Moon's albedo (reflectivity) is 60 to 70% and this lead to the shadows of astronauts and equipment being illuminated. The Moon actually reflects an average of 7% of the visible light that hits it. This is about the same reflectivity of asphalt.

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Hot spots on photos show stage lighting

CLAIM: There are "hot spots" in photographs as if a huge spotlight was used at a close distance. In an Apollo 12 voice recording astronaut Pete Conrad says "That Sun's bright, it's like somebody is shining a spotlight on your hands! I tell you...it really is. It's like somebody's got a super-bright spotlight!" Of one photo of Aldrin, NASA spokesperson Jan Lundberg stated "Yes, it seems like he is standing in a spotlight and I can't explain that. Umm, that escapes me why. So maybe you have to find Armstrong and ask him."

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Misplaced reticles show photo tampering

CLAIM: A reticle is a cross hair placed within half a micron of accuracy on the film plate by metal evaporation at Zeiss. Small ridges on the film transportation edges raise the plate about one 800th of a millimeter above the film's surface. They were used to determine if the film had curved. They did not help NASA in judging lunar distances. The full area of image AS11-40-5903 (click small image on the right to enlarge) has an off-center reticle. This is physically impossible given the fixed position of the cross-hairs in the camera's design. Images from nasa.gov

 

 

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NASA's first manned flights became perfect after a huge string of failures with no real technological advances

CLAIM: Apollo 6 was a disaster, the 2nd stage failed to light, it didn't reach Earth orbit and there were over 20 major failures in flight. No significant changes were made from Apollo 6 to 7, but Apollo 7 was suddenly perfect. Twenty-three months after the fire on launch pad 34 that killed three astronauts, Apollo 8 successfully sailed around the moon with two astronauts and returned to Earth safely. This flight was conducted without first attempting an unmanned flight. After Apollo 8, on June 28, 1969, NASA launched a 14 lb monkey. This animal died early on of a heart attack brought about by problems associated with weightlessness and low body temperature. If a monkey could not be kept alive in earth orbit for 8.5 days, how did Apollo 8 [Dec. 21-27, 1968, (6 Days 3 hrs 0 min 42 sec)] and Apollo 10, [May 18-26, 1969, (8 Days 0 hours 3 min 23 sec), 31 lunar orbits] astronauts survive their trips around the moon?

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