Filmmaker S.G.Collins argues that the moon landing footage couldn’t have been faked, simply because in 1969 the technology wasn’t there to do it. That is to say, at that point in history the only place those images could have been made is on the surface of the moon.
I love this xkcd cartoon: an explanation of the Saturn V rocket using only words which are among the 1000 most commonly-used in the English language. I often feel like I sound like this in foreign languages…
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July 24th, 1969, saw this odd bit of paperwork filed at Honolulu airport.
Via Futility Closet:
When an explosion crippled Apollo 13′s command module, the crew used the lunar module as a “lifeboat.” The two modules had been built by different contractors, so when the mission was over Grumman sent a tongue-in-cheek bill to Rockwell for “towing” the ship to the moon and back.
These tracks, made by the Soviet moon rover Lunokhod 2, as well as the rover itself were spotted by University of Western Ontario professor Phil Stooke. He found them by comparing recently-released images of the moon from NASA’s Lunar Reconnaisance Orbiter to his own book The International Atlas of Lunar Exploration.
The Soviet Union landed Lunokhod 2 on the moon in January 1973, a month after the last American moonwalk. As the name suggests, it was the second of two solar-powered robotic rovers the Soviets sent to the moon.
The Lunokhod rovers were the first remote-controlled vehicles to travel on an extraterrestrial body and still hold the record for longest rover trip at 35 kilometres. (The Mars rovers Spirit and Opportunity have travelled 7.7 kilometres and 19.5 kilometres, respectively.)
Lunokhod 2’s mission was to collect images from the moon, observe X-rays from the sun, study the moon’s soil and measure its magnetic fields.
Canadian Astronomer Spots Soviet Rover on Moon [CBC]
A picture of Apollo 11’s landing site taken by the LRO from an altitude of 50 km.
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Cracked has a fantastically interesting list up of 5 Cold War projects that are, well, certifiably insane. Like lauching nuclear missiles at the moon in a show of force. It’s really worth reading but, as usual with Cracked, comes with a language warning.
Nuke The Moon: 5 Certifiably Insane Cold War Projects [Cracked]
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