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Below is an article by Steven Dutch, Natural and Applied Sciences, University of Wisconsin – Green Bay. The RED text are my replies to his information.

Conspiracy Theory: Did We Go to the Moon?

Steven Dutch, Natural and Applied Sciences, University of Wisconsin – Green Bay
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This page is based on a television special, Conspiracy Theory: Did We Go to the Moon? produced by Bruce Nash and aired on the Fox Network in March, 2001.

The Cast

Arguing for various aspects of the conspiracy theory were Bill Kaysing, described as an engineer and analyst for Rocketdyne, Brian O’Leary, a “NASA astronaut in the 1960’s”, Paul Lazarus, a producer, Ralph Rene, “Author/Scientist”, Bart Sibrel, “Investigative Journalist”, Jan Lundberg, described as a technician for Hasselblad, Donald Percey of the “Royal Photographic Society” and Howard McCurdy, “space historian at American University.” Counterarguments were supplied by former NASA spokesman Julian Scheer and Paul Field, NASA LEM specialist. Some of the claims made in the program are discussed below, followed by a few topics not addressed in the program.

Up to 20% of the American Public Believes We Did Not Go To The Moon [That’s 60 Million people….I say again: That’s 60 Million people]

Is this the same American public that regularly wrote angry letters to Dave Barry when he said stuff like the Leaning Tower of Pisa was in Paris, or that the Czech Republic and Slovakia used to go by the name “The Netherlands?” That wrote in saying they were afraid to stuff turkeys because he once wrote a column saying that giblet snakes lived inside? That American public?

There is no idea on God’s green earth so dumb that you can’t get a big chunk of the American public to buy it [ Are you saying that up to 60 million Americans are so dumb that they will believe anything? Equally we could say that the other 240 Million may be gullible?]These are the same people who believe you can cut taxes but expand services, and who believe you can extract oil from the ground indefinitely without running out of it.

And if 20% believe we didn’t go to the moon, that means 80% do, right? Why are the 20% more worthy of being taken seriously than the 80%?

No Stars Are Visible

The Apollo astronauts all landed on the day side of the moon, and all the videos they shot from orbit were over the day side, so the exposure settings were all for daylight. Set your camera to 1/125 at f/8 (a setting typical of the slower films in use in 1969). Aim it at the night sky and shoot pictures. Tell me how many stars you see. Aim your camcorder at the sky and see how many stars you can film.

Even with the eye you’d have difficulty seeing stars from the daytime lunar surface unless you stood in a shadow and shielded yourself from any light reflected from the ground, for the same reason you can’t see stars from a brightly lit parking lot at night. [As I have explained within this website, the albedo of the Moon’s surface is only 0.12. We cannot see light that is passing us in a vacuum. We can only see light that hits our retinas. Most of the light reflected from the Moon goes straight back into space. Having no atmosphere means there are no gas molecules or dust particles that can reflect the light back in any direction. So all the reflected Sunlight from the Moon is not visible beyond the Moon’s surface, when standing on the Moon. The astronauts would have no problem seeing millions of stars if they were to stand in a  shadow with their backs to the Sun (which looks just like any other star in a  vacuum, albeit large).]

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