APOLLO 11 HOAX PHOTOS: 8 Moon-Landing Myths -- Busted

APOLLO 11 HOAX PHOTOS: 8 Moon-Landing Myths -- Busted
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The contrasted lines of a boot print appear as Buzz Aldrin lifts his foot to record an image for studying the moon's soil properties. Apollo 11 pictures show scores of clear bootprints left behind as the astronauts traipsed across the moon. (Find out more about moon exploration.)

You can tell Apollo 11 was faked because ... the astronauts' prints are a bit too clear for being made on a bone-dry world. Prints that well defined could only have been made in wet sand.

The fact of the matter is ... that's nonsense, said Bad Astronomy's Plait. Moondust, or regolith, is "like a finely ground powder. When you look at it under a microscope, it almost looks like volcanic ash. So when you step on it, it can compress very easily into the shape of a boot." And those shapes could stay pristine for a long while thanks to the airless vacuum on the moon.

(Related video: "Abandoned McDonald's Serves Restored NASA Moon Pictures.")
— Apollo 11 photograph courtesy NASA
 
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