Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Moon Hoax... answered!!!

Taken from some site....
I am writing to argue that NASA really did put men on the moon. Hereare my 9 responses to your nine "space oddities".
1. "Apollo 14 astronaut Allen Shepard played golf on the Moon. In frontof a worldwide TV audience, Mission Control teased him about slicing theball to the right. Yet a slice is caused by uneven air flow over theball. The Moon has no atmosphere and no air."
=> The functional word here is "teased". Mission control was, as you said,merely teasing him. There is no way for anyone to be able to tellexactly which way the ball went. And even if you could, maybe he wasn'tholding the club straight, so the head hit the ball on an angle.

2. "A camera panned upwards to catch Apollo 16's Lunar Landerlifting offthe Moon. Who did the filming?"
=> Mission Control. If you watched the miniseries "From the Earth to theMoon", you would know that there was a guy in mission control,controlling the pan/tilt functions on the tv camera tripod. If you wantto bring up the 7 second radio delay due to distance, he actually sentthe command to tilt up with the ascending lander 7 seconds before ithappened, and it all worked out.

3. "One NASA picture from Apollo 11 is looking up at Neil Armstrongabout to take his giant step for mankind. The photographer must havebeen lying on the planet surface. If Armstrong was the first man on theMoon, then who took the shot?"
=> You really ought to learn more about the missions before you startattacking them like this. There was an arm attached to the lander thatwas deployed just before Neil Armstrong opened the hatch. This arm hada television and a still camera mounted to it.

4. "The pressure inside a space suit was greater than inside a football.The astronauts should have been puffed out like the Michelin Man, butwere seen freely bending their joints."
=> Did you really think that they just sent them up there in an airtightjumper? OK. I'm gonna make this real easy for you. Here is a quote fromthe NASA KIDS website. so you should be able to understand it. "Thespace suit is made of hard materials with jointed sections to allowmovement. The upper and lower torso sections are put on separately. Thetwo pieces are connected at the waist to allow the flow of water and gaslines. Gloves and helmet create a sealed protection against meteoroidsand radiation. On Earth, the space suit weighs about 100 pounds. Inspace, the suit weighs much less. Under normal conditions, a space suitshould last about 8 years." So. assuming you can read. you have justlearnt about an American space suit. There is a hard layer of plastic,among many other things, protecting the astronauts from the vacuum ofspace.

5. "The Moon landings took place during the Cold War. Why didn't Americamake a signal on the moon that could be seen from earth? The PR wouldhave been phenomenal and it could have been easily done with magnesiumflares."
=> That's like saying 'Why don't the ISS astronauts light up the sky withmillions and millions of flares?' CAUSE THERE'S NO POINT!!!! Whatyou're saying is. because they didn't put a massive flare on the moon.they never actually went. (Oh.. and by the way. have fun igniting amagnesium flare without oxygen).

6. "Text from pictures in the article said that only two men walked onthe Moon during the Apollo 12 mission. Yet the astronaut reflected inthe visor has no camera. Who took the shot?"
=> As you can see from this photo of Pete Conrad on Apollo 12, astronautsdidn't hold cameras like you do whn you're taking a picture of yourgrandmother, the camera was attached to their suit at the chest. Mostsmall tools used by astronauts were attached to their suits, so theywould not be lost.

7&8. "The flags shadow goes behind the rock so doesn't match the darkline in the foreground, which looks like a line cord. So the shadow tothe lower right of the spaceman must be the flag. Where is his shadow?And why is the flag fluttering if there is no air or wind on the moon? &How can the flag be brightly lit when its side is to the light? Andwhere, in all of these shots, are the stars?"
=> Do you honsetly mean to tell me that you believe that this photo hasn'tbeen played with? Somebody (no.. NOT NASA) has doctored this photoreally badly to make people like YOU think that you have a stronger caseagainst NASA. That astronaut was copied and pasted into that photo.And as for the flag.. that shadow goes to the side with the face clearlylit because it's not exactly parallel to the sun's rays! It's on a bitof an angle, which anybody will tell you, is enough to clearly light theflag. And as for the fluttering.. less drugs for you, man. it's notmoving at all. Do you know what happens when a flag is stowed forseveral weeks, all folded up? You guessed it.. It gets wrinkled! Lookat getting some better glasses. As for the stars. in photography, toprevent an over-exposure (phonetically: Ovur-ekspojur) you must closethe iris a bit, or in this case, a lot. The sun is much brighter herethan the brightest day on earth. Whith the iris down far enough toprevent over-exposure, there is no way you would ever, EVER see ANYTHINGin the sky other than the sun and the earth.

9. "The Lander weighed 17 tons yet the astronauts feet seem to have madea bigger dent in the dust. The powerful booster rocket at the base ofthe Lunar Lander was fired to slow descent to the moons service. Yet ithas left no traces of blasting on the dust underneath. It should havecreated a small crater, yet the booster looks like it's never beenfired."
=> A few things you're forgetting.. It's mas was 17 tonnes, yes, howeversince weight is relative to gravity, and the moon has 1/6th the earth'sgravity, the WEIGHTof the lunar lander was only 17/6 tonnes (2.833tonnes). Now I'm not saying that this is light, there was dust stirredup when it landed, but no more that when a chopper landes here on earth.

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