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Richard Jenkins
Richard Jenkins

NASA did not have the system of docking in those days. Now, all you so call believers in the moon landing go figure. Forget the footprints and flag waving how about the thousands of miles through the inner and outer radiation belt. We are forbidden to even go in the area of Three Mile Island and Chernobyl. Where those reactors ruptured and are now covered under mounds of cement. But, in the moon landing days they traveled through all that radiation unharmed. HA!!!! 

Fred Mullins
Fred Mullins

If the landings were faked, what was the motivation? We certainly didn't gain  resources or territory. Sadly, too many people seem to be unable to derive truth from the evidence. To quote a friend of mine - "Don't bother me with the facts; I already know what I believe." The landings did happen and I'm proud to be from the country that achieved them.

Mel Goldstein
Mel Goldstein

Reading this drivel makes me think that the majority of commentators are life members of the Flat Earth Society. Come on people, the expose would be worth millions. Too much facts out there to believe in the theoris of the hairbrained who believe it was a hoax. I suppose their education was as well. Save us from the crazies and their footprint and flag theories.. 

Mel Goldstein
Mel Goldstein

Sounds like we have heard from the entire membership of the Flat Earth

Husam Al-Zaher
Husam Al-Zaher

Simple confirmation for that is needed  "send men to the moon with today

technology".

Is it possible or not?

Berndt Tötterman
Berndt Tötterman

Remember what Pres. Lincoln did say, and what Pres. Kennedy later did quote: "You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time" Don't you think someone would have told the "truth" by now? It is the same about The Bible, no lie will last 2.000 years. 


In the honor of the brave men who DID travel to the Moon we could at least believe that it is true, because it is. Why they went there is another thing, but they DID!

Lumyai Williams
Lumyai Williams

Apparently, Marvin Zeichner hasn't read the rest of this article, which adequately explains his arguement so about footprints and why stars don't appear

Marvin Zeichner
Marvin Zeichner

Another hoax perpetrated by the Government. The shot of the Earth as viewed from the Moon is too small. It would appear huge, since the Earth is so much larger than the Moon. As for the space suits, which back pack is supposed to maintain pressure, supply oxygen, heat and cooling? What about the footprints the astronauts made? (not possible without moisture. and where are the stars in the Lunar sky?

Stephen Cox
Stephen Cox

its was just to us think we had beet the russians

Ajay Verma
Ajay Verma

Please note that the shoes of this astronaut are torn caps...???


If the space is real, and he is in space and wearing a fully covered space suit on the moon land, so why the shoes are torn, when the air pressure is harder on the land of moon, and man needs to wear a space suit to save him/ her from high pressure of atmosphere of moon...??


He may be destroyed in a single moment in this atmosphere where air pressure is higher and shoes are torn, that cannot save anyone in entering air from the shoes..??

Husam Al-Zaher
Husam Al-Zaher

Why NG is answering the obvious questions which no one asked ?

Jer Anel
Jer Anel

the flag can still be seen on the moon with high powered telescopes. so obviously someone put it there. and with all the people that would have had to be in on this hoax….and 9/11 for that matter, why do NONE ever come forward? You would think that there would be at least one person to come forward. 

Black Clay
Black Clay

I am not a believer or disbeliever more like an investigator in the middle waiting for the HA moment from the side with hard evidence and speaking of which......Where are those VLT high res pics form Chile??? Come on national geographic do a special or some thing on this one would be great ratings. Also the speed needed to pass safely in roughly an hour receiving a supposed 11.4 rads through the van Allen belt is 25000 km/h one way and perfectly along a thin window, which according to nasa actually happened, but only upon leaving our gravitational pull and using additional equipment not accessible or needed when leaving the moons low gravity and in the Apollo missions nasa reported that upon re entry in our atmosphere we were moving half that speed peeking at around 59m/s^2 which is around 12400 km/h not to mention they were constantly slowing down. Now adjusting the time and rads how come the guys only registered 2 rads for the whole trip, confusing, yes. And why wasn't the footage protected archived copied ext this is one of the most monumental moments in human history come on guys. look I'm not going to pick a side because I don't know but these are just some questions I'm sure one of you guys can answer... Right.

Husam Al-Zaher
Husam Al-Zaher

Just a thought ... No one helped the astronauts when they walked out from the helicopter 'walk-on role ' ! why is that and is it possible after their long trip to the moon?

Blair Kelly
Blair Kelly

Hmmmm...Just a thought... but why is there no shadow for the flag and pole? There seems to be a shadow for everything else!

Nothonel Mankhin
Nothonel Mankhin

Lunar atmosphere is generally considered as vacuum. Helium- 2,000 to 40,000 Atoms per cm3. Argon- 40,000 atom/cm3. Sodium- 70 atom/cm3. potassium- 17 atom/cm3. Hydrogen- 17 or fewer atom/cm3. Question is how to the eagle lift off Lunar gravity without exploration center ?  According to Newton's 3rd Motion law, every action has a equal reaction. when Eagle started its action what reaction happened ? Without heavy gases like air no air-craft can fly. It would be believable if the exploration center were on Moon. NASA didn't revealed the departure video, why ? !!! ??? Might be they didn't do that.

Ronald Wieck
Ronald Wieck

The reason that moon-landing deniers and 9/11 twoofers compete for the title of Dumbest Humans on the Planet is that they are the same group of agenda-driven morons.

Christopher Landry
Christopher Landry

People you need to understand you can throw as much proof that the moon landing was faked and maybe it was...but if it was the government will never owe up to it being faked so in end what is done is done...leave it be...

cool cool
cool cool

It's funny.  Hoaxers say there's "atmosphere" that caused the flag to wave, but then contradict themselves and say there's no atmosphere because the footprint is too fine (at least I took it that way, where surely the moon dust would not settle perfectly but move around once they lift their legs).

Only question I would have if I were to believe this was a hoax is that, the Eagle, even though this was in the 60s, looks like it was made from popsicle sticks, tin foil, and some tape.  I mean, c'mon, it's Nasa.  Surely they could have built something that at least looks like it would survive re-entry into earth.

Timo E.
Timo E.

Maybe you land on the moon but these photos... I can´t believe them, sorry. You, professional photographers from NG knows how it is difficult to make a photo in hard conditions like shadows (dynamic range, ISO, F, ...) even if you have the most expensive camera from 21th century and wearing no spacesuit.

Robert sorry for grammer, I am from Slovakia (the most unknown land in the USA)

sam s.
sam s.

If the gravity of the moon is what the so called scientist say it is then the so called astronaut in that photo would not have to be leaning forward to counteract the weight of the backpack. There is never going to be one giant leap for mankind if the sheep continue to keep grazing on the GMO and drinking the fluoridated water.

Torg Jungle
Torg Jungle

God no one is dumber then a moon hoaxer.. Well maybe a 9/11 truther.

Torg Jungle
Torg Jungle

God no one is dumber then a moon hoaxer.. Well maybe a 9/11 truther.

Christian Maldonado
Christian Maldonado

This then contradicts the landing of the module - either the boot or the module landing is complete garbage. If the weight of a mere man with say 50-80 of aeronautical equipment on for a total estimated weight of 250-260lbs can make an impression on fine moon dust reminiscent of thin volcanic ash..... IM VERY SURE that the lunar module which must weigh in excess of 1000lbs over the average human (the weight of say a tiny car) would've made at very least a slight indentation on this "moon dust"....at foot of every one of its four legs. Yet theres not even the slightest impression on the "moons" surface.

Try this experiment.... try placing a single grain of rice on a mound of thin sawdust without making an impression..... IT CANT BE DONE.

Mitchell Munoko
Mitchell Munoko

I found the explanation of the "covered" crosshairs referenced on Wikipedia easy to understand. Basically, this is observed when the "fiducials" as they call them go over a bright white object. Turns out that it's actually proof of an authentic photo. I've recently been doing quite a bit of reading on lunar landing conspiracy theories and their rebuttals - and I'm turning from skeptic to believer.

See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Examination_of_Apollo_Moon_photographs#Issues_with_crosshairs_in_photos

"In photography, the light white color (the object behind the crosshair) makes the black object (the crosshair) invisible due to saturation effects in the film emulsion. The film particles that ought to have been black were exposed by light from the adjacent brightly lit particles.Ironically, this saturation effect would not happen if the crosshairs were drawn on in post, and so is evidence of genuine photos. Attempting to alter photos that already have crosshairs would make the compositing process far more difficult.

Ronnie Ficsher
Ronnie Ficsher

Mostly all the arguments are addressed here but one of the argument that is clear to the eyes i.e., not requiring any knowledge of 'applicable applied science', is the argument of the crosshairs in the images being covered by objects in the images!!

Any ideas about that?

Vini Almeida
Vini Almeida

@Fred Mullins  What was the motivation? The motivation was to get recognition from the world and to pass an image of power, you know, Americans love to do this. And also to get more Americans like you, "proud to be from the only country that achieved it".

Black Clay
Black Clay

Please show me a link to these photos of the flag and don't send me to the questionable shadow long distance pics form the lunar orbit please. Show me the ones from our high powered telescopes I would love to see them.

Brad Albertosaurinae
Brad Albertosaurinae

@Brian Hahn  The article you have posted is listed as satire.  It's a Joke you dolt!


Mare Imbrium is a crater on the moon 1,145 km (711 mi) in diameter.  Are we to believe China has in a few days searched approximately 400,000 square miles with a small lawn mower sized solar powered rover?  The area is larger than Texas.  


China spoted Apollo evidence with Chang'e-2 http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/sci/2012-02/06/c_131393210.htm

Brad Albertosaurinae
Brad Albertosaurinae

@Husam Al-Zaher Because they were only gone for a week.  You are thinking of people in space for 6-12 months.


Shuttle astronauts never needed help after a week or 2 did they?  

Brad Albertosaurinae
Brad Albertosaurinae

@Nothonel Mankhin  Rockets (ALL ROCKETS, NOT JUST APOLLO) push their exhaust behind them.  Exhaust goes one way, rocket ship the other.  Action, reaction.


Why was there no crater?   Half the ship was left behind.  Ehaust gases hit that, not the surface


"NASA didn't revealed the departure video"  It was on live TV.  It's on NASA website now. Are you nuts?  Just google it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cOdzhQS_MMw

J PEREZ
J PEREZ

@cool cool They used the module to enter earth not the eagle, the module was orbiting the moon and the eagle  landed on the moon two different space craft.

J PEREZ
J PEREZ

@cool cool The eagle is what they use to land on the moon it was attach to the module which was orbiting the moon after they took off from the moons surface they met up with the module and that's what they used to enter back into the earths atmosphere.

Brad Albertosaurinae
Brad Albertosaurinae

@Timo E. Nope.  I am a professional photographer.  The moon is an easy place to photograph (aside from getting there)  The light is constant, nothing to adapt to.  They planed the photographs and practiced for YEARS.   

Brian Robbins
Brian Robbins

@sam s.  them leaning forward does not mean they are trying to counter act the weght of the backpack and floride is only found in tap water, it doesnt have that drastic of an affect on the brain, and ur even advised NOT to drink it


Brian Robbins
Brian Robbins

@Christian Maldonado the moon has one sixth the gravity of earth and its a vacuum so their is no atmospheric pressure u cant tell someone to try it themselves in an environment completely different from the one the claim holds in question

Dave S
Dave S

@Christian Maldonado  I hope you realize the lander's feet are dome shaped and are considerably sunken into the moon's surface in the photos shown. Without an atmosphere there would be no air pressure to blow the tiny particles away as it came down so it would simply compress around the dome shape and not show an impression until it took off.

Aller Teuerste
Aller Teuerste

@Ronnie Ficsher 

Yes, it´s a simple photgraphic phenomen. Very bright spots (sun, reflexions) do under certain angles simply "overshine" smaller or less brighter objects. This is mostly due to film sensitivity.

When watching carefully it soon becomes clear that this phenomen only occurs when there are bright objects close to the covered crosshairs in question.

Aller Teuerste
Aller Teuerste

@Brian Robbins @sam s.

Sorry, to disagree on a certain point: they are trying to counter act because they have to. Just because someone´s weight is less than on earth does not mean is has not to be balanced.  There´s still the tricky matter of having to support one´s centre of mass - everywhere in the universe.

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